More than 500 children and adults gathered at Rebekah Park Saturday morning for a pre-Easter community egg hunt.
Their goal: Fishing out approximately 5,000 plastic eggs stuffed with candy and other prizes. The event, sponsored by the Decatur County chapter of American Bikers Aimed Toward Education (ABATE) and Arbor Grove Village, saw legions of kids search out the hidden pastel containers, all in an effort to bring home memorable prizes.
When the hunt had ended, two senior citizens had picked up Chili’s gift cards, and six local children took home an Easter basket, a scooter or a bicycle, depending on their age group.
“This is just awesome,” remarked ABATE County Representative Bill Wilbur, prior to the children being given the go ahead to start the search. “It’s just great.”
Wilbur was referring to the massive crowd on-hand, one which handily trumped last year’s rather impressive mass of community members.
The official kick-off for the event occurred after the Easter Bunny arrived on a motorcycle to a chorus of cheers from the crowd. The festive hare then took the time to pose for photos with kids of all ages.
Other indelible Easter memories belonged to Ethan Moore and Kloey Taylor, who won brand new scooters in a drawing following the end of the hunt. Ethan, a Greensburg Pirates fan, won a scooter decked out in blue and white skulls which reminded the six-year-old of the colors of his favorite local team.
Kloey’s scooter featured Disney Princesses. Kloey already owns one scooter, but she assured the Daily News the new one will see plenty of use.
“I’ll probably ride it up and down the sidewalk,” she said.
The youngest group at the hunt took home Easter baskets stuffed with toys and candy. Alyson Powers’ basket came with a new Barbie doll, while Jace and Jayden Snyder-McCouch shared a prize that came with action figures and a toy jet.
A brother and sister combo, Kiersten and Christopher, both came away with brand new bikes.
The elder hunters of the day, seniors from throughout the community, found Chili’s gift cards in the eggs they discovered.
Dale Evans and June Detmer both found Chili’s gift cards.
Members of ABATE chipped in to purchase all the prizes for Saturday’s egg hunt, save for the Chili’s gift cards and the candy treats inside the eggs which were bought by Arbor Grove Village.
Wilbur thanked Arbor Grove Village’s Annie Adams and Annette Keihn for their help in coordinating the yearly egg hunt.
He and fellow ABATE members also expressed their gratitude to those who took the time to donate cash toward the event. Wilbur noted some attendees brought along donuts for the large group of organizers, an unexpected treat for which the many involved in setting up the community egg hunt were quite thankful.
“It was a great turn-out,” Wilbur reflected Monday afternoon.
“We actually wound up having 546 people there to hunt eggs.”
Last year, Wilbur said the event drew 122 total participants. Organizers are planning to continue the egg hunt next year.
Contact: Brent Brown 812-663-3111 x7056