Easter EGGnormously good day for annual event

Marda Johnson | Times SentinelEGG TOSS: Zionsville Lion Paul Dreier adds eggs to the toddler area of the Lions Club EGGnormous Egg Hunt Sunday afternoon, April 21, moments before the annual event was to begin.

Despite a last-minute change in the time of the date, the Zionsville Lions Club's annual EGGnormous Easter Egg Hunt boasted a heavy turnout, Sunday, April 21.

Twenty-two thousand eggs were scooped up by children in the Lions Park beginning at 4 p.m. on a warm Easter Sunday afternoon, under sunny skies.

That was not the case a day earlier — the day originally planned for the event.

Saturday's forecast of cold temperatures and daylong rain showers prompted the Lions Friday to postpone the egg hunt by one day.

"We were very thankful for this age of quick communication to get the word out to our club as well as the community," noted Leigh Ann Akard.

Despite the last minute adjustment, plenty of Lions and other volunteers were on hand to man egg hunt areas in each age division, hold the Egg Stroll, paint faces, help kids visit the Easter bunny, pass out balloons and take care of other activities. "In my almost 15 years of being involved in the hunt planning we've never changed the date — one year by the end of the event it was snowing — but we've never had continuous rain predicted like this year," Akard said. "And to my knowledge it's never been on Easter Day.

"My perspective was limited to the Egg Stroll area," she added, "but it was EGGtremly successful and I thought the crowds of kids was for sure as big as last year if not bigger, with EGGcited parents and little "peeps."

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