SPRINGFIELD TWP. Lakemore residents wasted no time in making the most of the beginning of spring during the annual Easter egg hunt March 24 on the football field at Springfield High School.
Hundreds of children and their families lined up on the sidelines before a display of hundreds more plastic, pastel eggs hiding Easter surprises inside. When given their cue, the children rushed the football field to gather as many prizes they could.
"We came to join in and have fun with the Easter egg hunt," said Ashley Gleason. "It was great: I liked the prizes. I liked that [the children] got money. My son won three dollars, so he’s happy."
The Easter festivity was organized and put on by the Village of Lakemore Police Department and the Lakemore city council. And though the event has history that reaches further back than many long-time residents can remember, the purpose behind the egg hunt hasn’t changed much at all.
"The main reason we do this is for the kids," said Councilman Tracy Douglas. "I like to think of our community as a family of believers, and we believe in our youth because they are an investment of the future. So, by doing traditional things we bring families together, it strengthens the community, and, as a councilperson, I get to meet my constituents, so I love it. If you take the job of being a councilman, then you have to responsibility that’s inside of you that says ‘I need to be part of the community; I need to be there for community events, no matter how trivial or how important they are. That’s your duty.’"
And of course, no egg hunt is complete without the Easter Bunny in attendance. Peter Cottontail looked on as the children gathered eggs then lined up for a picture with him. Attendees could enjoy refreshments as well.
The Easter egg hunt was originally planned to take place at Waterworks Park but had to be relocated to the high school at the last minute due to a federal mandate concerning the bald eagles who have chosen to roost in the park. Despite the hiccup, the festivity didn’t fail in bringing community members together for a fun-filled afternoon.
As Councilman Douglas puts it: "People in this community try to band together to correct problems, not create them."