Bexley's annual Easter egg hunt is a community event that wouldn't be held if community members didn't volunteer to make it happen, organizers said.

Bexley's annual Easter egg hunt is a community event that wouldn't be held if community members didn't volunteer to make it happen, organizers said.

This year's event, scheduled for noon Saturday, April 3, at Jeffrey Mansion, is being organized through the volunteer efforts of local Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, and the Bexley Celebrations Association.

Recreation department supervisor Barb Greiner said the city hosts the event in conjunction with Bexley Celebrations Association.

"The recreation department provides all the background work and planning," she said. "Bexley Celebrations pays for all the candy and prizes."

BCA president Anne Lewis said it makes sense to partner with the city for the egg hunt because "it is something that is really geared toward kids" and the recreation department "has so many programs designed for school-age kids."

Boy Scout Troop 166 is a big part of the festivities. The Boy Scouts volunteer to set up the egg hunt and stuff all the plastic eggs with candy, Greiner said.

"They do the bulk of the work," she said.

Lewis said having the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts participate is another way to involve young people who may be too old to look for eggs.

The meadow at the mansion is divided according to age group to make hunting fair for participants. Kids are split up by ages 1-2, ages 3-4, kindergarten, first and second grades and third and fourth grades.

This year, there will be about 21 golden eggs scattered throughout the field for children to find. The golden eggs are turned in at the end of the egg hunt for a special prize, Greiner said.

Girl Scouts from troops 1189 and 652 will distribute candy at the end of the egg hunt.

Girl Scouts in Bexley began volunteering for the Easter egg hunt about four years ago because they wanted to be involved with more community events, Girl Scouts service unit director Patty Kahan said.

Everybody who participates in the event gets candy or prizes, Kahan said.

"The girls wear the bunny ears and pass out candy to little ones who don't get any," she said.

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