The 8th Annual Community Easter Egg Hunt will once again assist the Easter Bunny with delivering Easter goodies on Saturday, April 15.
By Melissa Anderson
Parents or an attending adult can bring the kiddos to the United Lutheran Church beginning at 10:30 a.m. for registration with the hunt starting at 11:00 a.m.
“The event is completely free and open to anyone,” Andrea Jacobson, a lead organizer for the event, said, “2-12 years old is the suggested ages of those attending, but we won’t turn anyone away.”
For those planning on attending it should be noted that children must be accompanied by an adult. The organizers ask that those planning on coming should try to arrive promptly between 10:30-11 a.m., so everyone can get registered and start the activities at 11 a.m. (or shortly after).
“The hunt started as an outreach event that we could do as a church for the community,” Jacobson explained, ”It has grown in popularity over the years with more and more kids attending.”
Last year, there were 240 children in attendance and the goal is to meet or surpass that number this year. The organizers are pleased that the event has grown and continues to be a fun event for kids, and their families, to celebrate Easter.
“It also gives people something exciting to do who have out-of-town family and friends visiting for Easter weekend,” Jacobson shared.
With the event now in its eighth year, each year the Community Easter Egg Hunt gets bigger with more people attending, more eggs hidden, and more door prizes in the form of donated Easter baskets given away.
“We will continue to have this event as long as there are children willing to attend, volunteers willing to help, and businesses/individuals willing to donate to it,” Jacobson said.
This year the organizers will be hiding between 4,500 and 5,000 eggs. With so many children expected to be in attendance the organizers are hoping to be able to hide some of the eggs outside for the older kids, but that will just depend on the weather and how muddy it is.
“Last year we were fortunate enough to be able to, which helped with some of the congestion,” Jacobson stated.
With so many eggs slated to be hidden, many may wonder what the organizers put into the eggs as goodies for the kids. Just as in years prior, the eggs used for the community hunt will have an assortment of items for the children to enjoy including candy, toys, stickers, tattoos, bracelets, coins, Dairy Queen tickets for free ice cream, and more.
Besides the goodies to be found in the eggs during the hunt there will also be over 100 Easter baskets given away as door prizes to the lucky attendees. The baskets will be filled with a variety of toys, art supplies, sand toys, sidewalk chalk, puzzles, balls, books, stuffed animals, candy, jewelry, etc.
“There will also be two razor scooters and two bikes given away as grand prizes,” Jacobson said.
As always, the organizers welcome everyone to stay afterwards for a free lunch of hot dogs, chips, and cookies.
“Lastly, and most importantly, I just want to thank all the businesses and individuals who donate to this year after year,” Jacobson said, “We could not do events like this without the support and generosity of the community. Thank you!”
Be sure to join in on the fun as the 8th Annual Community Easter Egg Hunt takes place on Saturday, April 15 with registration starting at 10:30 a.m. It is sure to be a hopping good time!