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Neighbors Growing Together | Sep 2, 2014

Easter Egg Hunt Saturday at Chautauqua

By ANDY HALLMAN | Mar 20, 2013

Hundreds of little children will scurry throughout Chautauqua Park Saturday morning in search of hidden eggs containing edible treasures.

The Easter Egg Hunt starts at 10 a.m. sharp. Christy Leazer, Fairfield Park and Recreation Department aquatic superintendent, is in charge of the hunt.

Leazer said children will hunt for eggs in a particular part of the park based on their grade.

“We’ll have big signs that will say ‘Preschool,’ ‘Kindergarten’ and ‘First on up,’” she said. “We’ll rope off areas for those age groups.”

Leazer estimated 200 to 300 kids attended the hunt last year.

“I don’t get to see them,” she said. “It would be neat to keep track of exactly how many people come.”

She said the park and recreation department is still looking for donations for Saturday’s hunt. She is collecting plastic eggs, candy and prizes.

“People are pretty good about donating,” she said. “Candy has become so expensive, though.”

The hunt has three sponsors this year: the Fairfield Lion’s Club, Fairfield Kiwanis and the Fairfield Elks Lodge.

All of the treats in the park are hidden within a plastic egg. Leazer said she will put candy such as Snickers and chocolate eggs in the eggs.

She does not put jelly beans in the eggs because she worries about them being a choking hazard for young children, which also is why she limits hard candy to the older children.

Children will be excited to learn they can meet the Easter Bunny while they’re at the hunt, too.

The Park and Recreation Department will conduct the Easter Egg Hunt for the third year. It took over the responsibility from the Fairfield Jaycees three years ago after the group disbanded.

“It’s a lot of work for five minutes worth of hunting,” Leazer said. “Each year has been better than the last.

Leazer asks parents to bring a basket for their child since the park and recreation department will not supply them at the hunt.

 

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