Dublin Villager

Egg-hunters advised to show up early April 12

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Easter eggs and pancakes will be on tap for Dublin's spring tradition April 12.

The annual Easter Egg Hunt, organized by the Kiwanis Club of Dublin, will start promptly at 10 a.m. and a pancake breakfast will be held from 8 to 10:30 a.m. in the Coffman Park Pavilion, 5200 Emerald Pkwy.

With 7,000 Easter eggs to stuff this year, organizer Faith Levine said the event keeps her busy, but it's worth it.

"It's tradition," she said. "We all enjoy doing it all and we know the kids enjoy it."

The Kiwanis Club of Dublin also likes to ensure all children have a way to celebrate the holiday.

"We do a lot of work with the Dublin Food Pantry," Levine said.

"We're finding lots of kids ... may not be able to celebrate much.

"This is an opportunity to make sure kids, no matter where they live in Dublin, will be able to see the Easter Bunny."

The hunt will be divided into age groups for children ages 4 years old and younger, 5 to 7 and 7 to 9.

Despite separating the hunt by age, the eggs are always gone in a flash.

"Even though the Easter Egg Hunt starts at 10 a.m., it will be over by 10:05 a.m.," Levine said.

"People should come by at 9 a. .m. to see the Easter Bunny and frog," she said.

"If they get here after 10 a.m. there's not an Easter egg left to hunt."

Entertainment will be offered for those arriving early.

"The Easter Bunny will be here," Levine said.

"He's taking off some time to come down and see Dublin kids."

The Kiwanis Club's annual Frog Jump mascot will also be on hand at the hunt, in addition to FIRST Lego Robotics teams to show off a few of their creations.

Breakfast, made by Chris Cakes, is $5 and proceeds will benefit the Kiwanis Eliminate Project that is working to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus around the world.

"We want to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus all over the world by 2016," Levine said.

"When Kiwanis started the program there were approximately 34 counties with it. We have eliminated it in 10 counties."

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