Powell kids: It's time to grab your Easter baskets -- and maybe a coat, too.

Powell kids: It's time to grab your Easter baskets -- and maybe a coat, too.

Powell United Methodist Church volunteers are filling thousands of colorful plastic eggs with treats for an outdoor Easter celebration this weekend.

The annual Powell Easter egg hunt will begin promptly at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 23, at Village Green Park, 47 Hall St., adjacent to the Municipal Building.

Children in grades 5 and lower can participate in the free event.

Organizer Meredith McDougle said 10,000 eggs, each containing a piece of candy, will be scattered and hidden around the park this year.

"We're focusing on distributing as many eggs as we can," she said.

The event will go on rain or shine. As of Monday, March 18, forecasts showed an expected high of 43 degrees for the day of the hunt.

"We're hoping for a nice day, but we urge folks to dress for the weather," McDougle said.

Hunts for three age groups will occur simultaneously in different parts of the park. The hunts are for infants through age 2; ages 3-5; and grades K-5.

All three start promptly at 10 a.m., so families should arrive well in advance. Children should bring a basket for the eggs they collect.

After the hunt is finished, all plastic eggs should be returned to the organizers for next year's event.

It's the third year Powell United Methodist Church has organized the egg hunt after the city dropped the event as part of 2010's budget cuts.

"We knew it was something the folks in our community really enjoyed, and it's also an outreach event for our church," McDougle said.

She said the event will include a prayer tabernacle under the park's solar pavilion.

Parking is available at the Municipal Building. For residents who don't mind a short walk, additional parking is available at the Delaware County District Library, 460 S. Liberty St.