The more than 800 children at the Early Bird Kiwanis Club’s Easter egg hunt on Saturday morning, March 30, were happy to be able to find their eggs outdoors, after the weather forecast had left some doubt that this would happen.
Although the children would have happily found their candy-filled plastic eggs on wetter ground, Mother Nature had dried most of the lawn outside the Mabee Sports Center at Hannibal-LaGrange University.
“We were really fortunate with the weather,” said Kevin White, event coordinator with the Kiwanis Club. “We had rain later on in the day, but it held off for the morning, and it was just almost perfect.
“When they roped off the areas (for the three age divisions of children), they tried to keep them off the damp areas,” White added.
The children age 9 and under participating totaled at least 800, White estimated. “We average about 800 - year in and year out - and I would say we had every bit of that. ... The turnout was in large part due to the publicity provided by the Courier-Post and other local media.”
Prior to the egg hunt shortly after 10 a.m., drawings were held for many door prizes. Each child received a goodie bag of toys and other items along with one ticket for the door prizes, and additional tickets were sold for $1 each. Many prizes were donated, White said. “We had a lot of donations from local merchants and really appreciate their help and contributions to make this a success.”
Before the egg hunt the children were already playing with items found in their goodie bags. Stella Wilson said her Cardinals’ schedule was her favorite item, while her brother Haden favored his new water bottle.
The toddlers were the youngest to take part in the egg hunt, but many younger babies were present. Among them was 6-week-old Nathanael Foreman, son of Katie and Sam Foreman of Hannibal, accompanying his 1-year-old sister, Ruthmae.
Volunteers also helped during the drawings and egg hunt, White said. “We had a lot of volunteers from inside Kiwanis and outside Kiwanis,” from both companies and organizations.
One volunteer was a big Easter bunny, who was busy delivering door prizes to children seated with their families, while also posing for photos with the children.
After winning a large yellow toy duck, Myra Jones posed for a picture with the Easter bunny.
Several bicycles were awarded, including the pink one won by 4-year-old Jordyson Bartels.
During the egg hunt, the parents lined up around the edges of the egg areas were busy with large and small cameras and phones, taking pictures and videos of their fast-moving children.
The Kiwanis Club members also saved bags of eggs to distribute
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“Everybody left with something,” White said of the children. “We are pretty pleased with how it turned out, and we give a big thanks to HLGU for using their campus and their Mabee Sports Complex.”
For more pictures, see “Seen on Scene at Egg Hunt” photo gallery on hannibal.net.