Spring-like temperature, sunny skies, and the promise of candy brought hundreds of kids to the Oregon Park District’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt on April 19.
Approximately 700 children were “on the hunt” for goodies at the free event, held at Oregon Park West.
“The children were excited and ready to go when the Easter Bunny blew the horn,” said organizer Debbie Leffelman. “Chocolates, trinkets, filled plastic eggs, candy and especially the Easter Bunny put smiles on the faces of preschoolers through children in fourth grade.”
The Oregon Park District sponsors the hunt each year with the help of businesses in the community.
“It couldn’t be done without the very generous donations from local businesses in the community,” said Leffelman. “Some businesses gave candy, coupons or prizes for the Grand Prize Baskets, while others gave a monetary donation to help with the purchase of candy and trinkets which covered the ground at Oregon Park West.”
Leffelman also gave a special thanks to the 28 volunteers who made the hunt possible on Saturday.
One child in each age group was awarded a Grand Prize Easter Basket filled with goodies. Several of the children won smaller prizes.
Grand Prize winners were: Preschool with Parent helping, Diego Hernandez; Preschool without Parent helping, Kyli Dewey; Kindergarten, Hunter Grover; 1st grade, Anna Marquardt; 2nd grade, Nora Hammer; 3rd grade, Claire Crisham; and 4th grade, Riley Benton.
Additional prize winners were: Mirelle Carrillo, Kyle Brechon, Jack Tishaman, Reilee Suter, Owen Seabold, Devon Turner, Eli Grace, Kyla Huffstutler, Alexi Czuchara, Layton Eribs, Baylee Polke, Madeline Rogers, Kade Lamb, Joy Zhu, Brody Fry, Macyn Burris, Jesse Suter, Kiete Portner, Alexa Gruber, and Arianna Hammer.