Annual Easter egg hunt set for Sunday

Don’t be late! Fun event starts promptly


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Children rush to find Easter eggs during the 2011 Community Easter Egg Hunt at Lions Park in Eagle River. This year’s hunt will begin at 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 8.

STAR FILE PHOTO/MATT TUNSETH

The annual Community Easter Egg Hunt will be held Sunday, April 8 at Lions Park in Eagle River promptly at 1 p.m. Participants should arrive at 12:30 p.m., said Bonnie Leonhard, secretary of the Sleeping Lady Mountain Lions.

“If you get there at [1 p.m.], you’re late,” she said.

The hunt is over in a flash, Leonhard said, as the children typically find every egg within 10 minutes.

The egg hunt will be broken up into four age groups: 1-3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12.

Eagle River Boys & Girls Club members filled about 5,000 eggs with candy, money and tickets for prizes prior to the event.

While most eggs are filled with candy, $150 worth of quarters has been divided among some of the eggs as well as a ticket to win one of eight bicycles. Two bikes per age group will be given away, Leonhard said.

The annual event receives support from several local organizations, Leonhard said, including the Sleeping Lady Lions, Eagle River Lions Club, VFW Post 9785, Eagle River Elks Lodge, Eagle River Boys & Girls Club, Bear Mountain Leos and Anchorage Fire Department Station 11, which sounds a horn to signal the start of the hunt.

The candy was donated by Walmart, Target and Fred Meyer, she said.

Prior to the egg hunt, the Bear Mountain Leos are hosting a pancake breakfast Saturday, April 7 from 9 a.m. until noon at the Eagle River Lions Club.

In addition to breakfast, children can have their picture taken with the Easter Bunny.

 

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

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