LISBON - This year's annual Easter Eggstravaganza from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 8, at the Lisbon Community Park, N78 W26970 Bartlett Parkway, will take on a whole new meaning.
The event, sponsored by Lisbon and Sussex, is the first major event within the two communities where a large number of Sussex and Lisbon residents will interact since the agreement for the four-year-long Pauline Haass Library legal battle was approved at the end of February.
Also, given Winterfest's cancellation due to inclement weather in January — and that of other area winter festivals — this year's event is especially important, according to Town Park Chair Marlene Kumitsch.
"Hopefully in the future, we (Lisbon and Sussex) will be getting together and doing more events like this," Kumitsch said. "Next year, we're going to be putting in an alternate date for Winterfest. The problem we had this year was the slush under the ice; it looked solid, but if you got anything on it, it sunk. We couldn't do anything, so we just decided to call it."
Kumitsch pointed out all of Lisbon's park and rec department staff are unpaid volunteers, so while it's her goal to plan additional joint community events in the future, she said it's tough given the time and monetary constraints.
"We're all unpaid volunteers and there just doesn't seem to be enough time in the day," Kumitsch said.
Last year's Eggstravaganza pulled in nearly 600 residents from Lisbon, Sussex and the surrounding areas; Kumitsch hopes for a similar turnout.
"Everybody is welcome," Kumitsch said. "The picnic benches are set up through the prairie area. It's fun to walk through, especially if it's a nice day. I have flowers coming up already, which is great."
The event's main attractions include the traditional Easter egg hunt, where 2,600 stuffed eggs will be hidden in the prairie, photo opportunities with the Easter bunny and a food drive for several area food pantries.
The free event will also feature the Sussex Lions Club helmet giveaway. Like last year, safety helmets will be fitted for the first 350 children on site to take home.
The Eggstravaganza will immediately follow Sussex's Bunny Lunch that runs from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Sussex Civic Center.
"We had a really good turnout last year, especially considering the weather; I was shocked," Kumitsch said. "I just ask everyone to please dress appropriately. The weather can change from one instant to the next. Also, pray for nice weather; last year was horrible."
For more information on the Eggstravaganza, visit www.townoflisbonwi.com.