Easter egg hunt a hopping success

Wednesday, April 18, 2012 - 22:06

The Annual Easter Egg Hunt hosted at the Eagle River Lions Park each year has doubled since 2009. This year's event was no different, bringing happiness to approximately 1,500 youth and their families.

This year’s event included more than 5,000 eggs filled with candy, coins and prizes, all distributed throughout four age groups. The youngest ages, 1 through 3, were located within the Lions Club encircled around the hay-filled egg area, and the Easter Bunny hopped around distributing eggs and candy to all — even parents. Pictures with the Easter Bunny were readily available and sponsored by the Eagle River Lions and Sleeping Lady Mountain Lions Clubs.

The egg hunting areas were relocated to the fields around the ballpark, allowing the obstacle of several feet of snow to be easily overcome by the many volunteers dedicated in making this event such a success. Each area held hundreds of children, parents and volunteers awaiting the sirens of the Anchroage Fire Department to start the great egg hunt.

As the engine sounded the start, the children rushed forward attempting to collect as many eggs as they could to fill their baskets, buckets or bags while parents waited excitedly on  the sidelines. Within approximately five minutes, the eggs were gone.

A special “thank you” to all of the volunteers from the Eagle River Lions Club, Chugiak Lions Club, the Elks, the VFW, Bear Mountain Leos, The Boys and Girls Club, Sleeping Lady Mountain Lions Club and the Anchorage Fire Department and several individuals from the community. An additional “thank you” for the numerous donations from Target, Walmart, Fred Meyer, Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce, Masonic Lodge 13, RE/Max, Salvation Army of Eagle River, and Bruce and Heather Mornitti. Thanks for making Easter 2012 a day to remember for all the children of Eagle River and Chugiak.

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