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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Easter egg hunt had picture-perfect weather

  • Mother Nature provided a beautiful, sunny day for the hundreds of children attending the Hannibal Early Bird Kiwanis Club’s annual Easter egg hunt Saturday, April 19, at Hannibal-LaGrange University.
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  • Mother Nature provided a beautiful, sunny day for the hundreds of children attending the Hannibal Early Bird Kiwanis Club’s annual Easter egg hunt Saturday, April 19, at Hannibal-LaGrange University.
    Many children were dressed in their Easter outfits, and accompanied by picture-taking parents and grandparents.
    Some posed for photos with the Easter bunny (Angie Manzke), while others were anxious to meet the Hannibal Cavemen’s mascot, Shoeless Joe, who was throwing big balls to the children seated in the Mabee Sports Complex gym.
    Some of the Kiwanis members were doing double duty – passing out prizes in the ticket drawings, while also entertaining their own young family members.
    Among them was Roy Dietle, who reported he has 37 years of perfect attendance at his Kiwanis meetings. He was proudly showing off his great-granddaughter, 8-month-old Emily Ann Young of Elsberry, Mo.
    Kiwanis members reported the merchants who donate the prizes every year are very generous, which is why it takes more than an hour to draw the winning tickets.
    The prizes included a row of bicycles, along with many toys and movie-related games and clothing.
    With the egg hunt on the day before Easter, many children were visiting local relatives. Gabby Masias, 3, of Nashville, Tenn., was visiting her Hannibal grandparents, Bob and Karen Morrison.
    The egg hunt is for children from birth to age 9, and several were participating for the last time, such as 9-yea-old Macy Walden, who had won several prizes during the ticket-drawing event prior to the egg hunt. She decided the Rockem Sockem robots game was her favorite prize.
    Other children were finding ways to amuse themselves while their parents listened for their ticket numbers to be called for prizes. One was Lane Carper, 2, of Maywood, Mo., who decided to put his Easter basket on his head like a helmet while waiting for the time when he could fill it with eggs outside on the lawn.
    When the egg hunt began, children entered each of the three age divisions of the search area from all sides, and the eggs quickly disappeared into their baskets.
    Then it was time for more picture taking by the families.
    Amy and Kevin Knickerbocker were taking pictures of their 6-year-old twin daughters, Sarah and Hannah.
    Megan Rapp was joined by her parents, Harry and Alma Benn of Frankford, Mo., as she took pictures of her 6-year-old daughter, Elyse.
    For more pictures, see photo gallery on Hannibal.net.
     

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