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Agencies partner for city's annual egg hunt

Friday, March 7, 2008

Pictured are (not in order) Rod Weinschenk, Amanda Thorn, Jan Firebaugh, Meredith Williams, and two Teachers Credit Union employees.
Putnam County Tobacco Prevention and Cessation and Voice -- Indiana's youth led movement to "expose the unfair marketing practices of the tobacco industry" -- is teaming up with Greencastle Parks and Recreation, Friends of the Park and corporate sponsors, Kroger and Teachers Credit Union, Kiwanis, and Indiana Automotive Components for EggFest '08, on Friday, March 14.

This nighttime egg hunt at Greencastle's Robe-Ann Park, is for youth in grades 6-12 only, and will have everyone scrambling for prize-stuffed eggs to the beat of music. Participants will need to bring a flashlight for most effective hunting.

Food will be available for purchase, and other fun activities will be provided. Among the many prizes donated by local "Good Egg" businesses are the "Golden Egg" prize, an 80 GB Ipod Classic provided by Putnam County's Tobacco Prevention and Cessation.

Registration is at the park, beginning at 7 p.m. and lasting until 8:50 p.m. Registration forms will be available at the official "EggFest '08" web site http://eggfest.googlepages.com, local high schools and middle schools as well as at the event.

Participants must have a signed permission slip. The cost to hunt eggs is $5 with the official "EggFest 08" T-shirts available for purchase of $10.

There will also be additional door prizes.

The hunt will begin at 9 p.m. and the music and activities will last until 10 p.m.

Putnam County's Tobacco Prevention and Cessation is co-sponsoring this event as a way to raise awareness of the "dangers of tobacco use, particularly for youth."

According to Indiana Tobacco Prevention and Cessation, approximately 3,000 Indiana teens start smoking every year.

One out of every three of those youth who continue to smoke will eventually die from tobacco related diseases, the agency claims.

The tobacco industry currently spends $42 dollars marketing their products for every $1 that Indiana spends on prevention efforts, according to the agency.

"Indiana Tobacco Prevention and Cessation work to upset that unfair equation by hosting local events like EggFest to spread their message that tobacco kills," Williams said.

For more information, about ITPC and the youth organization against tobacco visit www.in.gov/itpc and www.voice.tv.

To get more information about EggFest '08 visit the website www.eggfest.googlepages.com, or contact assistant director Amanda Thorn at the Greencastle Parks and Recreation Dept. at 653-3395.

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