The Aldersgate Enrichment Center will host its second annual Easter Eggstravaganza on Saturday, April 1 at its campus in Early.   

The Eggstravaganza offers a wide variety of Easter-inspired events for all ages including egg hunts, games, an obstacle course, a silent auction and pictures with Al the Easter Bunny.   

Marshall Thornhill is the director of development at the Aldersgate Enrichment Center, a faith-based facility that serves adults with special needs in Brown County. Thornhill said the Eggstravaganza was inspired by a staff member with a special-needs grandchild who wanted a fun, inclusive Easter event. This year’s Eggstravaganza will include two Easter egg hunts, one specifically for special-needs children.   

Thornhill said the egg roulette tournament proved to be one of last year’s most popular events. In the egg roulette, two participants crack eggs over each other’s heads. “Two people go head-to-head, and they have a dozen eggs in front of them,” Thornhill said. “Some of them are raw. Some of them are hard-boiled. They just take turns smashing eggs over each other’s head, and the first one that gets a raw egg is out, and the other one advances.”   

Registration for the egg roulette is from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday. At that same time, attendees can register for the egg run, the Eggstravaganza’s featured event. “This is something I designed myself,” Thornhill said. “I love running in Tough Mudders.”   

Thornhill said the egg run is inspired by such events, which feature a variety of obstacles and, yes, plenty of mud. “I thought it would be cool to bring something like that to Brownwood,” he said. “This is a three-mile obstacle course, but it’s got a little twist.” Runners will bring their own baskets and, after completing each obstacle, will receive one raw egg. “Then you have to try to keep those eggs intact as you get over those obstacles.”   

At the end of the race, participants will receive one raffle ticket per intact egg in their basket. Runners who finish the race will also receive a free T-shirt.    

The egg run is $30 for adults and $20 for kids age 14 to 17. The race begins at 10 a.m., though Thornhill recommends that runners arrive at least 30 minutes early.   

For those who don’t want runny egg or mud on them during the Eggstravaganza, there will also be an indoor carnival with games, concessions and the silent auction. All proceeds from the event will go back to Aldersgate to assist in its mission.   

“Aldersgate is a 30-year-old nonprofit organization that is dedicated to enriching the lives of adults with special needs,” Thornhill said. Aldersgate offers a vocational program that assists special-needs adults of all functionalities with finding work in the Brownwood area.    

The facility also offers a residential program with two assisted-living facilities. “Twenty-one residents call Aldersgate home through that program,” Thornhill said.    

Thornhill said Aldersgate assists adults with all kinds of issues from post-traumatic stress disorder to severe Down syndrome. He said the Eggstravaganza event, Aldersgate’s biggest fundraiser of the year, will help the facility construct a new recreation area for its residents.    

“We would love people to come out and just kind of see who we are,” Thornhill said. “I keep getting told that we’re one of the best-kept secrets in Texas, and I don’t want to be a secret any more. I want everyone to know what Aldersgate is and what we do, so that’s why we’re trying to do some of these events and help get people on campus.”   

For a complete schedule of events, or to register for the egg run or egg roulette, visit www.easterataldersgate.com. The Eggstravaganza is sponsored by Advocare, the Aktion Club, The Arc of Brownwood and KOXE.   

Aldersgate is located at 5001 Hwy. 183 E. in Early.