Although the early morning (5:30 a.m.) saw some rain showers, Event Chairman Nick Bencivengo and a couple of other Lions walked the fairgrounds a few hours later and decided to have the hunt outdoors instead of in the High Plains Gym because the ground was dry enough to give the kids ample traction when they ran out to search for chocolate treats.
Folks started arriving well before the first egg was tossed on the grass and waited in line to meet the Easter Bunny.
Employees from Home Depot offered a craft table and there also was free face painting.
Parents of the littlest participants showed wonderful restraint as they guided their little ones around the search area, but didn’t help pick any up. Great Job Parents!
The Lions served up coffee and popcorn under the pavilion and children who were lucky enough to find an egg with a star on it were able to cash them in for a prize.
One little girl named Angelina approached me after she was done with her hunt and offered me a couple of chocolate eggs.
“I have plenty,” she told me.
This is just one of the ways the Orange Lions serve the community. The event is free and everyone goes home happy.