April 17 – TOWNSHIP OF ASHTABULA – Children ages one to eight got an early start on Easter Saturday afternoon as Lake Shore Park’s annual Easter Egg Hunt drew families to the chilly shore of Lake Erie.
The crowd was not as large as usual, Lake Shore Park Commissioner Brian Hubbard said, but those in attendance had access to plenty of candy-filled eggs.
LSP administrative assistant Peggy Davis said the event has been a focus for families looking for a good Easter egg hunt for more than 20 years.
“I ordered the eggs in January. We’re doing 8,000 (eggs),” she said as children lined up in four different areas to collect them.
The children were divided into four age groups in the park’s east parking lot and given instructions before a countdown for each of the age groups.
Parents were allowed to help the youngest age group, but were asked to allow children to collect their own eggs for older age groups.
Cold weather and competition from other Easter egg hunts may have caused attendance to drop for the last one in 2019. Hubbard said the event had to be canceled in 2020 and 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic .
About 75 children were able to collect a large amount of eggs, and 10 lucky hunters won special prizes in each age group, Hubbard said.
The age groups were 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, and 7-8.
Hubbard said the event is a way to give back to the community and get people out of the house to enjoy spring.
Davis said she was concerned about the weather early Saturday morning, but by the time they arrived at the park the weather had cleared.
“It was ugly this morning,” she said.
Nicole Winchell, from Ashtabula, cheered on her daughter Sadie, 7, on Saturday afternoon as the older group sprinted across the gravel parking lot to collect the candy-filled plastic eggs.
“She drives Me Crazy [about the hunt] for days,” Winchell said.
Many families returned to their cars to search for the “special eggs”, then the winners took their findings to a trailer where prizes were given out to the children.