Annual Easter Egg Hunt


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Here is a little history for all the adults and children out there that might like to know about the Easter Bunny. Early German writings from the 1500s mention the legend of the Easter Bunny. As the legend goes; the Easter Bunny would visit good children and lay colored eggs for them in nests that the children would make out of their hats. As the story of the Easter bunny spread throughout the country, Easter baskets became the tradition. The bunny would also expand its edible Easter gifts to children as the decades went by, with candies, chocolates and even small toys becoming popular deliveries.

The Easter Bunny is closely associated with eggs, another early fertility and rebirth symbol used from ancient times. Also, eggs were plentiful in nature during the spring, so they were a perfect item to pair with the celebrations of the end of winter and the beginning of warmth, flowers and new baby animals. Today, the Easter bunny and its eggs remind children and adults everywhere that a new season is starting, and the cold gray days are over.

So all you good little children, be sure to come to the annual Community Easter Egg Hunt. It will be held Sunday, March 31 at Lions Park in Eagle River. Participants should arrive at 12:30 p.m. — if you get there at 1 p.m., you’re late. The hunt is over in a flash 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 and tickets for prizes prior to the event. While most eggs are filled with candy, two lucky children in each age group will win a prize. Ages 0-3 will receive a tricycle, ages 4-6 a bike, and 9-12 gift cards.

The annual event is a combined effort of the Chugiak Lions, Sleeping Lady Mountain 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.

Prior to the egg hunt, the Bear Mountain Leos are hosting a pancake breakfast with the Easter Bunny ($5) Saturday, March 30 from 10 a.m. until noon at the Eagle River Lions Club. In addition, children can have their picture taken with the Easter Bunny for an additional cost.

If you would like more information on how you can help please visit www.lionsclubs.org. To learn more about being a Lion please visit our website at www.sleepingladylions.org, www.lionsclub.org, or give me a call at 242-1129 for more information.

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