We have lived in our neighborhood for a decade now, but had never found cause to witness the Annual Easter Egg hunt put on by the Great Northwest Recreation Department. Saturday the 11th of April, my wife and I decided to head down to the soccer fields and see what all the excitement was about. Now we know!Prior to the start, the staff and volunteers marked off several parts of the field so that age groups could be separated. This insures that some 2 year-old doesn’t get trampled by a herd of 8 year-olds! With the areas clearly marked, the staff assisted the Easter Bunny in covering the field with plastic eggs filled with goodies and tickets. Enough eggs were put out to make sure each of the participants would get a share of the take!As the noon hour approached, little excited residents and their almost as excited parents lined the starting point as Recreation Director Jose outlined the rules of the event. It was all the little ankle biters could do to wait for the final minute before the strike of noon and the start of the mad scramble for plastic eggs.In the little baby section, most of the kids were carried by helpful parents so they could get to an open space to allow the collecting of eggs and photographing of the moment. Honestly, there were a hundred cameras capturing the event from every possible angle. If any overzealous kid took a chance on grabbing an egg from another kid’s basket, surely there would be multiple pictures depicting the heist from every possible direction!In all, there were over 3,500 eggs to be scooped up by the youngsters and in less than two or three minutes, there was not a single egg left on the field. It was like watching an army of Kirby Vacuum Cleaner salesmen in an all out assault on dirt, only these were little kids sucking up the plastic eggs. A note to parents: If you want your youngsters to quickly clean their rooms, why not put little tickets inside socks, shoes, backpacks and toys; they will magically be off the floor, lickety split!
And speaking of tickets, thanks to the fine folks at Silver Creek Manor, the plastic eggs were filled with candies and tickets and a few had special silver coins, and one had the grand prize, a gold coin. When the mad dash was over and all the eggs had been collected, the kids formed a line to get to the prize table where the Gold coin was exchanged for a large Easter basket, the silver coins were turned in for smaller baskets, and anyone with at least 15 eggs received other prizes.
Even if your kids are no longer of Easter Egg hunting age, the event was quick and fun to watch. So many activities like the annual 4th of July Parade, Veterans Day events and the New Years Polar Bear swim make the Great Northwest a great place to live.