Sue McKortoff does a lot in her capacity as Mayor of the Town of Osoyoos.
But, at this time of year, one of her biggest unofficial duties is to act as the Osoyoos representative for the International Office of the Easter Bunny (IOEB).
Mayor McKortoff is the local keeper of the eggs — more than 3,500 of them — as the Town prepares for Saturday’s Easter Eggstravaganza.
They’re safely stashed away in her basement, along with a number of beautiful stuffed bunnies, ready for retrieval before the annual Easter Egg hunt.
“We get there at 8:30 and we clean the field and we put out the ropes and we get everything all set up,” says Mayor McKortoff of the work she undertakes with volunteers to prepare for the big event. “Because at two minutes to ten, there’s thousands of kids there.”
The youngsters are turned loose in assigned corridors to collect as many of the chocolate and candied eggs as they can in what can only be described as the fastest five minutes in Easter sport.
“We get things kind of cleaned up (afterwards) and we’re out of there by about quarter past 10,” the Mayor says with a laugh.
Saturday’s Eggstravaganza events start bright-eyed and bushy-tailed at 8 a.m. with the Rotary Pancake Breakfast at Town Square. For a nominal donation, you can fuel up for the fun ahead.
From there, between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., there’s fun for the whole family (but especially the youngsters.)
Features at the Town Square include a Bouncy Castle, face-painting and a number of other activities, including a Jarred Jelly Bean counting contest.
“I’ve got them at home and I’ve counted them all,” says Mayor Sue.
At 11, the local Kiwanis Club will host its annual Bike and Trike Contest and hot dogs will be available courtesy of the Osoyoos Fire Department. Lunch is served with a small donation to cancer charities.
The fun is all courtesy of the Osoyoos Festival Society. Everyone is welcome.