Holt Journal staff writer
On April 7, the Delhi Township Kiwanis Club along with the Parks and Recreation Department will host the annual Easter egg hunt and bonnet contest.
The free event will take place at 1 p.m. at Valhalla Park.
For decades, the Easter egg hunt and bonnet contest has brought hundreds of Delhi Township residents together for an afternoon of festivities.
Mark Jenks, the director of parks and recreation said in his 24 years of directing this department, the egg hunt has always been a hit.
“It’s always been held on the Saturday prior to Easter in the same place, at the same time. Last year we had well over 500 people show up,” Jenks said. “The event runs in rain, shine or snow.”
As the clock strikes one, children of all ages race with their baskets to search for 750 candy-filled eggs.
With different egg hunting areas designated for different age groups, the event is enjoyable for participants as young as 1-year-olds and as old as 12-years-old, according to Jenks.
“The gun goes off and the kids sweep up the eggs really quick, and there is an incredible amount of eggs,” Jenks said.
Prizes from Easter baskets to coupons for 7/11 slurpees and Sweet Sensations ice cream act as incentives for children who collect the most eggs.
To keep the event free, local businesses such as 7/11, Brower Hardware, Eastlund Concrete Construction and Sweet Sensations donate coupons and purchase the eggs and candy.
According to Sandy Lumley, owner of the 7/11 on Aurelius Road, their store has donated “a couple hundred” coupons for the event for 16 years.
“Ninety percent of our business is kids, so it’s important for us to donate,” Lumley said.
Scott Brayton, project manager at Brower Hardware said they have also bought eggs for the 25 years.
“We want to support the Kiwanis Club and the kids,” Brayton said.
The fun is not over when the eggs are all found.
A bonnet and hat parade follows the egg hunt, with prizes given to the prettiest and funniest decorated bonnets and hats. Ice cream coupons and prize baskets are given to all of the winners. The bonnet contest takes place around 1:20 p.m., at the Valhalla Park pavilion.
According to John Hayhoe, volunteer at the Kiwanis Club and a director of the event, the bonnet contest provides fun for all.
“There are usually about 20-30 boys and girls who decorate bonnets and baseball hats for the panel of judges. The two best get gift baskets,” Hayhoe said. “One year, we had a boy cut a basketball in half and wear it as a hat.”
The Kiwanis Club of Delhi Township along with the Parks and Recreation Department has put on this event for more than 30 years, and with the help of local businesses the Easter egg hunt and bonnet contest has remained a successful event for Delhi residents, according to Hayhoe.