PRESTONSBURG – The weekend was chilly, but not chilly enough to keep the fun and the Easter Bunny away from Archer Park. The public was invited to come out to “The Great Egg Hunt” sponsored by the City of Prestonsburg. City officials say this new tradition will continue to get bigger and better in the future. Saturday, March 19 children and their parents came to Archer Park to hunt eggs and see the Easter Bunny.
Event organizers hid over 10,000 eggs with prizes for eager children to hunt. The event began at 2 p.m., but individuals arrived early to register for a chance to win an Easter Basket.
“The weather was slightly chilly, but the event was well organized and children had a blast,” said Heather Slone, of Salyersville.
The children were divided into age groups for the big hunt. The age groups were 0-2, 3-5, 6-9 and school-age special needs students.
“Putting kids into group were a great idea,” said Stacy Hall, of Auxier. “A two-year-old can’t compete with a nine-year-old to hunt eggs.”
Eggs were filled with a candy treat for the egg hunters. As children began the hunt, a helicopter flew overhead and dropped more eggs as children got even more excited and determined to get a ton of candy filled Easter eggs.
“It has been outstanding, seeing the children get excited and enjoy the event is something we are really excited about,” said Prestonsburg Mayor Les Stapleton. “The City of Prestonsburg wants to create and hold events that our citizens want and enjoy.”
With hundreds of children coming out to hunt eggs and meet the Easter Bunny, The City of Prestonsburg considers “The Great Egg Hunt” a success.
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for the Floyd County Times. She can be reached at [email protected] or 606-794-0290.