LAURINBURG – His last name is more than just a moniker to Wayne Hope; it is, apparently, a way of life. That’s why he sponsors the annual Wayne’s Hope Egg Extravaganza.
Saturday will mark the extravaganza’s fifth year at the Washington Park playground.
The family event begins at 11:30 a.m., goes to 5 p.m. and offers something for everyone.
Little ones can enjoy an egg hunt for children ages two to 14, cotton candy, popcorn, snow cones, face painting, bounce houses, and prizes for dodge ball, musical chairs and tug-of-war contests. Hope will also hand out 100 Easter baskets on a first-come-first-served basis. Naturally, where there are eggs and baskets there will also be an Easter bunny.
Adults can kick back, listen to a live jazz band and not worry about having to prepare lunch because Hope will also have a cookout.
However, the event is about more than eggs, candy and fun for Hope who now lives and works in the Raleigh/Durham area. The 1988 Scotland High graduate wants to give back to the community he came from, and he wants that example to make an impression on the young people in attendance.
“I hope they go back to their community and benefit the community even if it’s nothing but picking up trash and keeping the neighborhood clean,” Hope said.
State Rep. Garland Pierce, a financial supporter of the event, is happy that Hope returns to his hometown to give back.
“Our children need positive events like this,” Pierce said. “It teaches them that they can grow up and give back to the community.”
Pierce recalls the good impression that activities like youth parties had on him as a child and remembers the adults who took the time to sponsor those events that were just “a few eggs, punch and cookies.”
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