Last year, the Leadwood Park Department’s Easter Egg Hunt drew 200 children whose search uncovered 2,898 plastic eggs. The event was so successful, the city is holding it again.
“We’ll probably double what we had last year,” said Larry Hackworth of the park board.
The 2009 Easter Egg Hunt will begin at 11 a.m. April 11 in Leadwood City Park. The first two hunts are for children up to age 1 and those 2 to 4 years old.
Youth ages 5 to 8 will begin their hunt at 11:20 a.m., followed by children ages 9 to 12 at 11:40 a.m. The plastic eggs hold goodies and surprises, including a ticket for a bicycle in each of the older three divisions.
The hunts will be in designated areas of the park. To get there from Highway 8, enter Leadwood on Hunt Street and turn left at the stop sign. Follow that road until you reach the park, on the left.
The hunt is open to all children, not just those in Leadwood. Parents will only be allowed to pick up eggs for infants and may only carry the baskets for the 2 to 4 year olds.
Hackworth said the event is a way to thank those who support the annual festival and other Leadwood Park projects.
“We do it to give something back to the community,” he said. “The kids like it.”
Paula Barr is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-431-2010, ext. 172 or at email@example.com.