An ‘egg-citing’ time is in the cards next Saturday, as St. Charles Parish’s Parks and Recreation Department will be holding its annual Easter Egg hunt.
The event was initially scheduled to be held April 6, but projected weather this weekend has dictated the parish move the event to April 13. Proceeds from the event, which will be held at the West Bank Bridge Park in Luling, will benefit Special Olympics in St. Charles Parish.
Approximately 5,000 eggs will be stuffed with candy for the children — there are usually between 180 and 220 egg-hunters attending, historically — and St. Charles Parish Parks and Recreation Director Duane Foret said other candy will be out there for finding as well. Volunteers from the parish’s RSVP program have assisted with stuffing the eggs, a process that began this week.
There will be four different hunts, broken down by age group. At 10 a.m., ages 1-2 will take the field. Ages 5-7 will take on the challenge at 10:30. At 11 a.m. will be ages 3-4 and at 11:30 ages 8-10 will close out the egg searching.
“It’s just a great family-oriented event,” Foret said. “Everyone loves to hunt the Easter eggs and it’s the carrying on of a tradition.”
That tradition now spans a decade, this year marking the event’s 10th occasion.
“When they’re old enough to walk, you bring ‘em to the Easter egg hunt,” Foret said. “I really enjoy seeing the smiles on their faces, especially when you have the countdown and say ‘go’ … the parents see them having fun and there’s so much joy. You can’t beat it. There are so many eggs to choose from, plenty for everyone, so it’s all about having fun and not about competition.
“We’re very fortunate to have the support of our parish president and our Parish Council to be able to hold these kinds of activities for our kids and our families in the community, because I think it’s such a positive experience for everyone.”
Registration will begin at 9:15 a.m. Photos with the Easter Bunny will be available for $5. A cookie decorating contest and a creative hat contest will also be among the events.
Admission is a $2 donation for the Special Olympics.