Hundreds gather for annual Easter egg hunt

Boys and Girls Club fills 10,000 eggs


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Chugiak’s Johanna LeProwse, 2, looks at the Easter Bunny as she plays in a pile of hay following the annual egg hunt at Lions Park on Sunday, March 31.

MIKE NESPER

How long does it take dozens of 4- to-6-year-olds to search out 3,000 plastic eggs filled with goodies?

About four minutes.

Hundreds turned out on a sun-filled Easter Sunday for Eagle River’s annual community egg hunt at Lions Park on March 31. This year, 10,000 eggs were scattered across the ball fields, but they still disappeared in a hurry as three age groups of children trudged through deep, soft snow filling their baskets to the brim.

“They picked all those eggs up in no time flat,” said Tracey Hupe, member of the Sleeping Lady Mountain Lions. “It was another successful year.”

Along with the Lady Lions, the Chugiak and Eagle River Lions clubs, VFW Post 9785, Eagle River Elks Lodge, Eagle River Boys & Girls Club, Bear Mountain Leos and Anchorage Fire Department Station 11 all had a hand in putting on the annual event.

“It’s a joint effort,” Hupe said. “We wouldn’t be able to do this without the support.”

Boys & Girls Club members filled every egg with candy or tickets for prizes.

“They had fun doing it,” said Hupe, the Eagle River club branch manager.

Seven kids were the recipients of more than candy and won the day’s top prize — a new bike.

All the donations from local people, stores and organizations make the egg hunt possible, Hupe said.

“The community wants it and enjoys this type of cohesion,” she said. “You can’t ask for a better community.”

For Hupe, who’s volunteered the past four years, there’s nothing better than watching the children’s reactions as they furiously gather as many eggs as their baskets will hold.

“I love the kids,” she said. “Just seeing the expression on their face.

“That’s the only reason I do it.”

 

Contact Mike Nesper at 694-2727 or mike.nesper@alaskastar.com.

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