Parker and Paxton Leonard look over the eggs they found during the Meredith Parks and Recreation Department's Easter Egg Hunt. (Photo by Erin Plummer) (click for larger version)
April 19, 2017MEREDITH — Thousands of eggs, a special bunny, and an assortment of other fun activities awaited families at the Meredith Parks and Recreation Department's Easter Egg Hunt.
Kids of all ages came to the Meredith Community Center on Saturday to hunt for Easter eggs in a small patch of field and woods between the Community Center complex and Circle Drive. Afterward kids could come into the community center for food, games, and visits with the Easter Bunny.
"I would say it's probably our best year yet," said Parks and Recreation Program Assistant Sarah Perkins.
Perkins said the weather was gorgeous, which topped it off.
This year, they added 500 more eggs to the hunt. A number of eggs up for grabs also contained special tickets for prizes, which Perkins said were donated by American Legion Post 33. The Legion also donated raffle prizes.
The Inter-Lakes High School Varsity Baseball team came to the hunt in their uniforms to scatter eggs and help out.
"It has worked out perfectly," Perkins said.
Perkins said their numbers were ideal to help out the kids and families during the hunt.
"It's really nice to have high school aged children give back to their community, kind of broaden their horizons to see what's out there," Perkins said.
Head varsity baseball coach Dan Curnyn said the team usually does a community services project with the t-ball program, though this year the program is in Child's Park and a little further away for some team members.
Curnyn said they decided the egg hunt would be a good event to get their community service time. They usually practice on Saturdays and used that time to help with the egg hunt.
"It's good for the guys to kind of be able to give back," Curnyn said.
Curnyn said hiding the eggs is a pretty easy process. Eggs for the younger children were laid out in the field, while many eggs for the older kids were also put into the wooded area.
Curnyn said he was proud of how hard the team members worked.
"They did a really good job, we've been here since probably 8:45 doing this," Curnyn said. "They've done a really good job so far today, I'm proud of them."
The egg hunt also got a lot of help from the Parks and Rec staff, Altrusa, ASTRA, and Friends of Meredith Parks and Recreation.
Members of the Fuller family came out for the hunt, including mom and dad Kristin and Nate Fuller with their four children Oliver, Lorelai, Ryan, and Juliet.
"We come every year, this is great," said Kristen Fuller.
Nate Fuller said he especially liked "That there are plenty of eggs for everybody."
"Sometimes we get tickets," Lorelai said.
This was the third year the Leonard family have come to the hunt with their boys Parker and Paxton.
"The kids look forward to it very year," said mom Heather Leonard.
"It's become part of our Easter tradition," said dad Barry Leonard.