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Community Easter Picnic delights children at TPA Park

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TREATS: A large spread of brownies, cookies and other goodies was available to the families who showed up to Friday's picnic at TPA Park.
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BUNNY: Young sisters Paisley, left, and Averi Goode pose for a photo with the Easter bunny on Friday at TPA Park.
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GAMES: Families enjoyed games, food, refreshments, train rides, magic shows and, of course, an egg hunt during Friday's annual Rose Acre Community Easter Picnic at TPA Park.

By AARON KENNEDY - akennedy@ftimes.com

Rose Acre Farms hosted its annual Community Easter Picnic and drew a crowd of families on what was a sunny but windy Friday at TPA Park.

“This is our seventh year doing the Rose Acre Community Picnic,” said Ryan Hackman, corporate project manager for Rose Acre Farms. “We have done this since 2013, so it is just a thank you to the community. We just want to give something back.

“We had about 220 kids registered (for the Easter egg hunt) and then about 200 adults that were there throughout the day,” he added. “We have been a part of the community for about 14 years now, having our egg farm there in the county. We wanted to give something back to the community. Since we are an egg producer, we thought the best way to do that would be through a theme of eggs.”

There were plenty of treats and refreshments to enjoy inside the main shelter at TPA Park. On the lawn to the east of the shelter were a variety of games and booths hosted by, among others, Clinton Prairie FFA, the Sheriff's Association, the Frankfort Community Public Library, the Indiana Adoption Program and Farm Bureau. Cornerstone food bank hosted a hot dog stand, and there were trackless train rides, magic shows and circus performers also there to entertain the kids.

“We heard about this event last year at the 4-H Fair, and I am really impressed with how many people are here and how many games they have,” Frankfort Community Public Library's Susie Blackmore said. “It is really like a carnival. And we are fighting the wind, but it is better than fighting the rain. There is a really good turnout. And we are here talking about summer reading. It is a good community event.”

Hackman says that Rose Acre Farms has been hosting the event ever since they had a smaller-scale egg hunt back in 2013.

“We have grown and expanded it since,” Hackman said. “In the last three years, we started doing the food drive, silent auction and those things to raise food for the needy. We have refreshments, brownies, cookies and lemonade. This year, we started barbecue with hot dogs and sides. The food bank had a goodwill donation for food. This year we added a trackless train that would drive around the park. It was a big hit.”

There was also an array of inflatables, but the windy conditions forced them to remain uninflated for safety.

Last year's event was canceled due to snow, and this was the first time the event was held on a Friday.

“It has been well received,” Hackman said. “It is something we enjoy doing and people have a good time. It is designed to offer quality family entertainment. We had about 175 prizes for the Easter egg hunt – fishing poles, basketballs, stuffed animals, gift cards, games, puzzles, kites – we had quite a variety.”

“If anybody ever wants to know about what we do, just give us a call,” he added. “We would be glad to talk to groups about the business that we do here in the county, We are always happy to reach out and talk to a club or visit classrooms to tell them about the kind of work we do and how we are a part of the local economy.”