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Eggstravagant: Thousands of Easter eggs found in minutes

April 22, 2019 GMT

Hundreds of children participated in two free, community Easter egg hunts in Ludington on Saturday, enjoying the sunshine and family fun.

In the morning, St. John’s Lutheran Church in Ludington held its annual Easter Egg Eggstravaganza.

More than 26,000 plastic Easter eggs — stuffed with candy, stickers, toys and bracelets — were strewn on the lawn of the church and on the lawn of Longfellow Towers next door. A crowd of kids stood on the sidewalks and filled North Rowe Street, baskets and bags at the ready, eager to hear the starting signal and rush toward the eggs.

The hunt began at precisely 10:30 a.m., and six minutes and 12 seconds later, it was done — the kids had collected every last egg and were excitedly counting their goodies.

St. John’s has been hosting the Eggstravaganza for about 17 years, said Lane Walker, chair of St. John’s board of outreach. Each year, the event has grown, she said, adding that it takes volunteers months to prepare all the eggs.

“Our congregation was stuffing eggs all winter,” she said. “The candy that doesn’t fit in the eggs we spread on top of the eggs. Hopefully, there’s enough for everybody to get some.

“It’s a great outreach. We love to do it for the community,” Walker added. “The kids make it so fun.”

Walker said she’s grateful the weather was sunnier this year compared to last year, when the egg hunt had to be held inside.

“We’re happy to see the sun,” she said. “Last year ... it was rain and 40 mph winds.”

St. John’s also had an Easter Bunny visit, and plenty of families took advantage of the photo opportunity. There was also buckets of bubbles for the kids.

“We like to make it a carnival atmosphere,” Walker added.

North Rowe Street between the church and Longfellow Towers was closed to vehicle traffic for the event. The Ludington Fire Department parked a pump truck on the street, and firefighters let kids try their hands at spraying the fire hose.

JAYCEES EGG HUNT

Saturday afternoon, the Ludington Area Jaycees club hosted its own annual massive egg hunt for the community at Copeyon Park, and approximately 500 people attended.

Cars filled every parking space at Copeyon and along South Washington Avenue. Kids got into the ready position at the edge of the grass, and their parents had phones at the ready to snap photos.

At 1 p.m. sharp, hundreds of children started their mad dash to collect more than 7,000 Easter eggs scattered on the grass and hidden throughout the treeline. A mere seven minutes later, this hunt too was done.

Volunteers spent about two hours before the start hiding the eggs. Some of the eggs, for the 9- to 13-year-old age group, were even tucked into nooks and crannies in trees, but they too were found quickly.

In each of the three age groups for the hunt, two participating kids also found a “Golden Ticket” they each turned in for a gift basket filled with treats.

“I’m told we’ve been doing this for 25 years, and it keeps getting bigger each year,” said Ludington Area Jaycees President Cory Rickett. “The weather was really good for today, and we had a really good turnout.”

Some of the seniors at Oakview Medical Care Facility volunteer each year to stuff about 5,000 of the eggs, Rickett said, and Jaycees help fill the rest. He said he’s grateful for Oakview’s help with preparation for the event.

“We always manage to get it together,” Rickett added, “and I hope we get this good weather again next year.”