Thrill of the egg hunt beckons

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Elbert County families who are ready for spring can mark March 23 on their calendars. That’s the day the Easter Bunny will make his way to the fairgrounds for the Elbert County Coalition for Outreach Easter Egg Hunt.

Now in its fifth year, the annual children’s eggs-pedition attracts more than 300 kids for a morning of games, face painting and of course, egg hunting.

“We really don’t know where all the kids come from,” said Laurie Blanchette of ECCO. “We don’t card anybody. We just want them to come and have a good time.”

Each year, ECCO stuffs approximately 3,000 plastic eggs for the event.

“Kids are released by age group,” explained Blanchette. ‘That way the little ones have a fair chance of finding a few eggs on their own.”

Plastic eggs are then recycled at end of the event and stored for next year.

Blanchette said ECCO is still in need of more plastic eggs, preferably already stuffed with individually wrapped candy.

“We are running out of time and I still have more than a thousand eggs to stuff by next week, so anything that comes with the candy already in it is greatly appreciated,” she said.

The event is collaboration between ECCO, the Kiowa Merchant Association, and the Town of Kiowa. The hunt begins at 10a.m. and will run through noon.

There will be other activities and games for the kids, as well as a silent auction to benefit ECCO. The event is free and open to the public.

Founded in 2006, ECCO is a nonprofit organization that coordinates services and resources for families in need and provides emergency support services for victims of crime.

According to Blanchette, the event will run rain or shine. In the event of inclement weather, the hunt will be moved inside the agriculture building at the fairgrounds.

“However, we’re really hoping more for the shine,” she said.

 

BREAKOUT BOX

IF YOU GO

What: ECCO Easter Egg Hunt

When: 10 a.m. to noon, March 23

Where: Elbert County Fairgrounds, 95 Ute Ave., Kiowa

Need to know: Get there early. Egg hunts are grouped by age. Bring your own Easter basket or bag. Donations of plastic eggs stuffed with individually wrapped candies are appreciated. No chocolate.