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MORE COVERAGE: Bendigo Easter 2017
EASTER egg hunts, dragon dancing, hundreds of stalls and plenty of live music – there was something for everyone in Rosalind Park on Friday.
Clear skies saw large crowds in the park throughout the day, and, as always, the search for chocolate treats was the most popular option.
Families flocked to the park for the Vision Australia Easter Egg Hunt, as tens of thousands of chocolate eggs were given away.
Among those to take part was Laura McMinn, who was celebrating her ninth birthday.
As if finding chocolate eggs on one's birthday wasn't excitement enough, the Melbourne resident had a whole weekend of Easter festivities with the family to look forward to.
Laura's mother, Peta McMinn, said participating in the egg hunt was a family tradition.
She had fond memories of doing it when she was a child.
"She's been doing it since she was born," Peta said of Laura.
Coffee with a cause
While most eyes were on the chocolate, others were able to feed their social conscience as well.
The Rotary Club of Bendigo Sandhurst came up with an invigorating new way to help people in Timor-Leste.
The club has partnered with the Wild Timor Coffee Co to sell its own branded coffee, the profits from which will support water, health, sanitation and education projects in the small Southeast Asian country.
This year's art and craft market, held over the Easter long weekend, is the first at which the coffee has been sold.
The project was born when club member Martin Ruffell visited the country with Rotary in 2015 and 2016.
He said he came across coffee growing in the wild and thought it might provide a good opportunity to raise money for projects in Timor-Leste.
Mr Ruffell said Wild Timor Coffee Co had a similar ethos to the club in regards to its support of people in Timor-Leste, paying growers double what they would get from the co-operative.
Camera club hosts annual exhibition
Away from the excitement in Rosalind Park, the Bendigo Camera Club held its annual Easter exhibition at Dudley House on View Street.
Club member Matt Oliver said it was an opportunity to showcase their best work from the year.
“This is just to show off the work of our members to as many people as possible,” he said.
They joined with the Goldfields Image Makers Camera Club for the exhibit, which included shots from Papua New Guinea and the Australian Outback, as well as photographs from across central Victoria.
The exhibit runs until Sunday.