Olentangy Valley News

Egg-hunters hope for fair weather, quick finds

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The organizers of Powell's Easter egg hunt hope no winter coats will be required at the event Saturday, April 12.

The annual event, held a week before Easter, moves around on the calendar with the holiday. Last year, the event was held March 23, when the high was about 45 degrees.

Event organizer Meredith McDougle said she hopes for warmer weather this time around.

"Some years it's been 30 or 40 degrees outside -- if we're lucky," she said. "I think one year it did snow."

This year's event starts at 10 a.m. April 12 at Village Green Park, adjacent to the city's Municipal Building at 47 Hall St. Volunteers will stuff treats into about 10,000 plastic eggs for children in elementary school and younger.

The hunt will be split into three age groups:

• infants to children 2 years old.

• children 3 to 5 years old.

• kindergartners to fifth-graders.

All of the activity will begin at 10 a.m., but McDougle said parents should plan on getting to the park early. She said 10,000 eggs may sound like a lot, but they'll be gone quickly.

"We recommend that people arrive 10 to 15 minutes before the start," she said. "When folks arrive late, there's really nothing left."

McDougle said she recommends parents park at Library Park, 420 S. Liberty St., if they cannot find parking at the Municipal Building.

The event is free and open to the public, including people who live outside the city limits. Participants are asked to return the eggs to volunteers after the event.

McDougle, who is the director of children's ministries at Powell United Methodist Church, said the church is sponsoring the egg hunt for the fourth year. The church will be aided by volunteers from the church's youth group, the Women's Club of Powell and other community groups.

Previously, the city sponsored the event, but funding for the egg hunt was dropped from the city budget in 2010.

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