Hazelwood Parks and Recreation staff members were able to cover the park with 14,000 colorful eggs filled with candy. When the parents and grandparents were counted into the attendance totals, the event attracted over 1,800 people.
Free admission was offered to both residents and non-residents. The park was divided up into five different sections for the following age groups: Under 24 months; Ages 2-3; Ages 4-5; Ages 6-7; and Ages 8-10. In addition to receiving a free Beanie Baby, every youngster had an opportunity to enter a raffle contest for a chance to win one boy bike and one girl bike in each age group.
The Easter Bunny arrived at the scene a few minutes before the egg hunt started and greeted most of the children. 2013 Miss Hazelwood Kirsten Henderson was with him and gave away free lollipops while the Easter Bunny posed for pictures with the kids.
When the siren sounded at 10 am, kids in each of the age groups could be seen scrambling around to pick up as many Easter eggs as they could find. For some of the older age groups, the egg hunt only lasted 10 minutes. Children in the younger age groups took a little more time admiring the eggs before they put them in their baskets, requiring some parents to assist them. It was a fun time enjoyed by all.
The Easter Eggstravaganza was one of the first community events offered by the City of Hazelwood for its residents after the Parks and Recreation Division was established in 1975 — the same year when the Hazelwood Community Center opened its doors. Since then, this event has become an Easter tradition for those living in and outside of the community with crowds growing in size on an annual basis.
A Kid’s First Encounter with the Easter Bunny– Mason Meyer doesn’t know quite what to think of his fluffy white friend with big ears as his father, Michael Meyer, holds him before the Easter Eggstravaganza begins.
The Siren Sounds and They’re Off – Kids in the Age 4-5 group waste no time going out and picking up as many Easter eggs as they can find. Event organizers estimated there were about 3,500 eggs in that section alone.
Ahh..Enjoying the Spoils of Their Hunt – (from left to right) Ethan Geno, Anthony Geno, and McKenzie Geno show off the number of Easter eggs they collected during the hunt. Ethan already starts opening his eggs to eat the candy.
The Easter Bunny Makes New Friends– (from left to right) Hunter Van Dyne, Haleigh Van Dyne, and Simon Hagge enjoy getting their photo taken with the Easter Bunny before the egg hunt begins.