Easter egg hunt unites generations

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By DeAnna Sanders
The Holt Journal

Holt’s Annual Easter egg hunt is approaching and grandchildren and grandparents alike are getting ready to take part.

The hunt is sponsored by the Holt Kiwanis Club and Delhi Parks and Recreation.

John Hayhoe, overseer of event said, “The Holt Kiwanis have been holding an Easter egg hunt for at least 50 years now.”

“All of the communities years ago had Easter egg hunts and the Kiwanis, a civic organization here in Holt, felt it was one of the projects they could take on amongst other projects,” said Hayhoe. “They enjoy doing it and people have come to expect it now.”

According to Hayhoe, he and some volunteers put out about 5,000 eggs and make sure the candy is age appropriate.

“There are about 800 kids that show up, include their parents. That’s about 1,600 people,” said Hayhoe. “It is the largest non-school event that kids go to.”

For safety the kids are separated into age groups. “We don’t want the big kids running with the little kids,” said Hayhoe. “There is an area for 1- to 2-year-olds, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, and 9-year-olds and up.”

At the end of the event, no child goes home empty-handed. According to Hayhoe, prizes include a coupon for a free ice cream at Sweet Sensations in Holt, a free Slurpee coupon for Seven Eleven and the best-dressed boy and girl get an extra-fancy basket.

Hayhoe described the hunt in simple terms: “a lot of fun.”

The event is free and entertaining for all age groups and, like Hayhoe, many grandparents enjoy watching their grandchildren take part in the egg hunt.

“My fondest memory was two years ago, when my daughter brought her 3-year-old daughter to the Easter egg hunt, and I got to watch my second generation go out and get the eggs,” he said.

The Holt Annual Easter Egg Hunt will beat 1 p.m. Saturday. The event lasts about a half-hour.

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