Published: Thu, April 20, 2017
Global | By Doris Richards

City of Odessa Easter egg hunt brings close to 3000 participants

City of Odessa Easter egg hunt brings close to 3000 participants

This year's Easter-themed festivities was the first time in two years, Samuel said, following reports that parents were seen jumping over children. With 500 bags of candy prepared to give out after children return the eggs, 15 bags remained when the candy rush was over.

And off they went to hunt for their eggs, each with the goal to fill their buckets, but this Easter egg hunt was like no other.

The hunt was divided into age groups to make it fair and each age group had a special egg with a gold coin inside that could be exchanged for a prized Easter basket. It has grown to 21,000 eggs, Rashott said.

Among the throng who raced out onto the field in search of were nine-year-olds Kelsey Ellacott and Hope Lenardon, who said the hunt has always been a tradition in their families. "They're from our quilting club, Sew and Sew".

"We wanted it to be safe".

The event's main objective was to let children know that there are plenty of positive and fun things to do at church. "That's why we had an area fenced off where he could come in and go out without having to go over all the people standing around", he said. "All that was great".

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Kristin Ehlers, who brought her five children-Ethan, 13, Zoe, nine, Otto, six, and two-year-old twins Louis and Hugo-echoed Cooke's sentiments, saying "Pulling everyone together is a good example for our kids".

With over 10 thousands eggs given out, some are still trying to master how they can get more next year.

"Easter hunt is so fun", says Chloee Shaffer.

Noah, 9, said his favorite part of the drop was seeing the helicopter, while Jonathan, 6, said he liked getting the eggs the most.

"It's a nice event", said Cecilia Villegas, one son on her shoulders, the other on her back. Shepherd said as she looked through the large mouth hole of the approximately three-foot tall Easter bunny head.

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