On April 19, the street along Upper Water Works Park was lined with excited children and their equally excited parents, all of whom anticipated the arrival of the Easter Bunny. For the last 20 years, the bunny has been the guest of honor at the village's Easter Egg Hunt.
On April 19, the street along Upper Water Works Park was lined with excited children and their equally excited parents, all of whom anticipated the arrival of the Easter Bunny. For the last 20 years, the bunny has been the guest of honor at the village’s Easter Egg Hunt.
Children cheered when the bunny arrived by fire truck. Mayor Rick Justice opened the fire truck door for the honored guest and escorted the pink-tailed rabbit to the festivities.
After arriving and speaking to some children the Easter icon began the countdown for the toddler age group and the little ones began their quest to pick up eggs.
The next two groups wasted no time running down the hill once the bunny gave the signal. They raced to find the eggs that held candy and tickets for special prizes.
The hunt began with the toddlers working their way through a grassy area filled with eggs. Parents were trying to get them to pick the eggs up and put them in their baskets or bags. Keira Rogers, 13-months, caught on right away and began scooping up the eggs for herself.
The older age groups wasted no time running down the hill to hunt and gather eggs to fill their basket or bag.
Lakemore United Methodist Church manned the refreshment stand selling snacks, hot dogs, baked goods and homemade candies. All proceeds benefited the Summer Fun program, a free program open to area children. This year’s program runs June 17 through July 24.
The families had plenty of time to get pictures with the bunny after the hunt.
Organizer council woman Laura Cochran said a big thanks goes out to those who came out with their kids to make the event a success. She said a big shout-out goes to the Easter Bunny for showing up on the day before his busiest day of the year.
Cochran also thanked Lakemore firefighters Jay Zedak, Brandon Miner and Dennis Snider for escorting the famous rabbit to the event. She also thanked Justice and his children, Joel and Carly, Lakemore Council, Volunteer Auxiliary Springfield Police (VASP), Tracy Fast and her sons John, Jordan and James for all of their hard work.
"I would like to say that we really missed Larry Kovach (VASP) this year,” Cochran said. “He is the person that really gets this event organized. Due to his sudden illness, we had some big shoes to try to fill this year and we hope he gets well soon."
Fire Chief Barry Saley said this has always been a great community event the public can enjoy.
"My son had an incredible time and enjoyed hunting for eggs with all of the other kids,” Saley said. “It's great to see the time and energy that our mayor, council and staff put into these events to make Lakemore family-friendly."