Roughly 5,000 sweet treats and a few coveted golden eggs will be up for grabs April 4 when the Upper Arlington Civic Association and the Upper Arlington Parks and Recreation Department host their annual Easter candy hunt.

Roughly 5,000 sweet treats and a few coveted golden eggs will be up for grabs April 4 when the Upper Arlington Civic Association and the Upper Arlington Parks and Recreation Department host their annual Easter candy hunt.

Organizers estimate the annual event has been going on for well over 30 years.

This year, it returns to Thompson Park at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 4.

Separate search areas will be set up for children age 9 and younger, as well as for children with special needs.

But other than arriving early to allow time for parking and finding the appropriate age group search areas near Thompson Park's North Shelter, the primary rule of the day is to have fun.

"We separate by ages or needs so as to make sure all age groups have a similar opportunity to find the candy," said Mike Dodge, UACA president. "Overall, 5,000 pieces of candy and chocolate will be hidden throughout the various areas at Thompson Park."

This year's hunt is sponsored by Anthony Thomas Chocolates, and the company is providing special prizes to those who locate golden treasures.

"In addition to the usual hunt, each age section will have a golden egg," Dodge said. "Whoever finds that golden egg will receive a candy basket filled with lots of goodies, courtesy of Anthony Thomas Chocolates."

Event organizers are hoping for cooperation from Mother Nature, but in the event of bad weather or poor field conditions, candy will be passed out in a drive-through in the park's parking lot.

"It's a great family event because it provides a free-of-charge, fun and light-hearted way for people in the community to begin their Easter weekend, enjoy the spring weather and come home with some goodies," Dodge said.

More information is available online at uaoh.net or by calling 614-583-5300.