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Easter Bunny makes early stop in North Fort Myers

March 28, 2018
By CHUCK BALLARO (news@breezenewspapers.com) , North Fort Myers Neighbor

For many children, one thing they learn about Easter is the bunny, eggs and lots of candy.

All three were on full display Saturday morning as the North Fort Myers Recreation Center held its annual Easter Egg hunt behind the facility, which made 150 kids and their parents very happy. The serious stuff could come later.

Tiffany Vance, who organized the event, said more than 50 pre-registered, while more than twice as many came the morning of, which is par for the course.

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Katelynn Thompson helps her daughter, Kennedy, 1, find eggs at the Easter Egg hunt at the North Fort Myers Recreation Center on Saturday.

CHUCK BALLARO

"Registration is wrapped all the way around the building. It's kind of holding everything up. We're looking forward to a successful event," Vance said as the children started coming in.

The kids were split into three groups, 0-3, 4-6 and 7-9 and "a hunting they will go."

For the younger children, it was less a hunt and more of who was quick enough to grab eggs, all of which had some sort of prize, usually candy.

For a lucky few, there was a grand prize, a gift basket, of which there were two per group. The local 4-H also contributed a basket.

There was face painting, a continental-style breakfast, a raffle, a fire truck came by for kids to visit, and every child who participated got a gift, which meant everybody got to go home with something besides candy.

Tim Fisher brought his family for the hunt, which he learned about at the library.

For Elijah, 4 months, it was his first Easter, and he spent it watching his brother, Sebastian, 2, search for eggs and taking pictures with the Easter Bunny.

Fisher said the children don't yet know the true meaning of the holiday, as they are too young.

"He doesn't really understand it yet, Sebastian is a little young, but he's learning it in daycare," Fisher said.

Barry Grasso brought his daughter, Lydia, 17 months, with Easter bonnet and all, to the hunt.

"I wanted to bring Lydia around other kids, and it's a tradition in our family to hunt for Easter eggs," Grasso said. "This is a big one for her. It's the first one she will remember. Next year, we'll start teaching her the true meaning."

Clinton Rose, 11, didn't hunt for eggs. Rather, he volunteered to paint faces with his mom and hide the eggs in plain sight.

"I like helping the community and building it up. It helps you in life when you get older. It helps you make better friends and builds you up," Rose said. "I like hunting for eggs and spending time with family."

Kiera Indyk, 9, and her sister, Kamy, 6, were collecting their bounty from the hunt, mostly Starbursts and Skittles. It's been a tradition for them, having come to every hunt, according to Kim Indyk, the grandmother, who doesn't usually get to spend Easter with them, so they do this.

"I came here to look for eggs, take pictures with the Easter Bunny and have a good time. The candy is my favorite part," Kiera said. "Easter means you can have a good time with your family and take pictures."

 
 

 

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