IVEL — The 2009 Great Easter Egg Hunt is over, and this year’s result has a familiar ring to it.
A group composed of the families of Ronnie and Renea Samons, Kris and Drema May and Cora Tussey found the $500 prize egg around 6 p.m. Saturday. It was hidden behind a rock and beneath a layer of leaves along Ivy Creek Road.
Ronnie Samons said that the group spent quite a bit of time searching several areas, before the 11th clue led the group to Ivel. They searched the area Friday with no luck, then went out to eat and discuss the clues. On Saturday, Samons said he was near a mining company gate when he looked to the left and saw an area that looked like it hadn’t been searched.
The group should be familiar to those who regularly follow the Great Easter Egg Hunt. During the 2008 contest, the group found the $200 “Little Junior” egg. In that contest, clues to the egg’s location were found exclusively on the internet.
Renea Samons said the group was lucky to beat out the competition during this year’s hunt. She said crowds of people were searching near the area at all times of the day.
“There were people with umbrellas and flashlights out with their kids on Friday night,” she said.
The group has made the Great Easter Egg Hunt a family tradition for the past four years. During their first two years of playing, they came close to finding the egg, but came up empty.
The group has advice for those searching for the egg in future contests.
“We begin with the first clue and piece them together like a puzzle, until we know exactly where to go. We enjoy the annual Great Easter Egg Hunt and thank all the sponsors and The Floyd County Times, because it truly gets the chain of communication flowing from the workplace to home.”
The group said they plan to split the money evenly among the families.