Hundreds turn out for A’burg’s annual Easter Egg Hunt

 

By Joel Charron

 

Hundreds of children from across Amherstburg and Essex County left their hockey sticks and figure skates at home Saturday morning as they attended Amherstburg annual Easter Egg Hunt.

Over 500 children and youth between toddlers and 13-year-old were estimated to have attended the Easter Egg Hunt, held on the football field at the UCCU Complex.

Roughly 12,000 chocolate eggs were scattered along the green turf, which was 2,000 more than the previous year.

 

Children rush the field for the annual Easter Egg Hunt

Children rush the field for the annual Easter Egg Hunt

“It’s getting bigger every year,” said Rick Daly, manager of business development and programming. “Every chocolate gets taken.”

Children were split into four age groups and the start times were staggered by 15 minutes.

“I think it went very, very well,” said Daly. “We got a good showing for all the age groups, people really took to it.”

Daly also noted that having near perfect weather condition really helped people get out to the event.

“We couldn’t have asked for better weather. This is perfect,” he said.

This is the third year the Easter Egg Hunt was held at the UCCU Complex while previous years being held at Centennial Park

“There are lots of places to hide eggs around here,” joked Daly.

Daly pointed out that staggering the start times helped out.

“It gave everyone an opportunity to take in all the aspects of the Easter Egg Hunt,” he explained.

The Easter Bunny takes time to pose for a picture with one of his biggest fans.

The Easter Bunny takes time to pose for a picture with one of his biggest fans.

While the Easter Egg Hunt was rolling along, there was a colouring contest under the pavilion at the WFCU Fieldhouse and photos with the Easter Bunny in the lobby of the UCCU Complex.

Sam Alberts, who brought his two-year-old son David and four-year-old daughter Sophia said he loves bringing his children to events like this.

“They have so much fun. I though they were so cute walking down the field picking up the eggs,” said Alberts. “I’m not sure who had more fun, my kids or me.”

Daly mentioned the Easter Egg Hunt is an opportunity for the town to give back to the residents.

“This is a day that is all about the family,” he said.

Although it’s the children who have most of the fun, there are plenty of adults who are having just as much fun as their children.

“I think next year we may have a 35 and older category,” joked Daly.

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