The 21st annual EGGnormous Egg Hunt will offer something this year that it has never done before — the chance to find more than 13,000 eggs in Lions Park.
The event will begin with a breakfast at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 7, in Lions Park. The egg hunts will start at 10 a.m. and will be staggered by age groups.
“I am EGGcited as always to start our 2012 event season for Lions Park with the EGGnormous Egg Hunt,” said Co-Eggmaster Leigh Ann Akard. “It’s a thrill to see all these families come out to enjoy fun in the park. It gets us all ready to jump into our next five events.”
Co-EggMaster Tara Worthly says this year is all about the eggs.
“We are EGGstatic to report that this year, we have more eggs than ever,” she said. “(More than) 13,000 eggs will be hidden throughout the park. We can’t thank enough those families that EGGcycle after the event. This has helped us to have a bigger and better hunt year after year.”
Also new this year is the St. Vincent Kids’ Bureau of Motor Vehicles booth that will be giving out child identification cards.
For the second year in a row, Marsh Supermarkets is providing a “Fresh Idea” breakfast with healthier options, including fresh fruits, granola bars, raisins, bagels and juice in exchange for a donation to the park.
Other events repeating this year include free photographs with the Easter Bunny, sponsored by Carpenter Realty; balloons, sponsored by The Goddard School; face painting and a coloring contest, sponsored by Small Blessings; Peyton Manning Children’s hospital tent alongside Kids’ BMV; and mascots such as Roarie the Lion, St. Vincent Bear, Flex from Mite-E-Duct and more.
Control Tech Heating and Air and Mite E Ducts will hide very spEGGcial Eggs in the park and the Zionsville Merchants Association will drop more than 400 rubber ducks for EGGstra surprises.
“The bottom line is that this is truly an event that is put on by the community,” Worthly said.
“I love the fact that the Lions Club teams up with the Zionsville Merchants Association for the rubber duck hunt,” Akard said. “It is such a neat way that these two organizations can support each other and provide free family fun. The ‘duck hunt’ is a lot like the great race as families go around town to claim their prizes.”
Although the event is put on by the Lions, many other businesses and organizations helped stuff the more than 13,000 eggs.
Akard said the club had help from Zionsville Meadows, The Hearth at Tudor Gardens, Kohls Cares for Kids grant, Zionsville Community High School Key Club and the Life Skills class.
Jennifer Davis, ZCHS Life Skills teacher, said her class of about 11 students helped stuff more than 8,000 eggs this year. Last year, their first year, they stuffed 1,000 eggs.
“It’s a great vocational task for my kids,” she said. “When I took on the project initially, I had no idea if the kids would like it. No matter the activity, the kids wanted to stuff eggs. We were really excited when the Lions Club asked us to do it again this year.”
Worthly and Akard are asking those who have found Easter eggs that they want to recycle after the event to drop them off at Akard True Value Hardware in Boone Village, or give them to any Lions Club member so they can be used again next year.
“I feel that the EGGnormous Hunt this year will be an EGGstravagant and EGGhausting good time and I am EGGstra thankful for all the assistance we’ve had from the community in putting together the 21st Annual Eggnormous Egg Hunt,” she said. “ We can’t wait for the hunt to begin.”