By Amy Kent Herald Staff Writer
The Clinton Herald
---- — CLINTON — Easter weekend is nearly here and two local organizations are calling all children for the hunting event of the year — Easter egg hunting that is.
Both Camanche and Fulton, Ill., will host Easter egg hunts Saturday, each at different times and each offering something different for children to enjoy.
The Camanche Easter egg hunt will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Camanche High School football field and will feature a guest appearance from the Easter Bunny. Fulton’s will begin at 1 p.m. at 10th Street Park and will offer a more traditional display of the holiday.
“It takes about five minutes for the hunt to take place but then it’s more of a social event afterward,” Fulton Sparkette Marsha Norman said. “A lot of people that come are family members from out of town so, it’s just a nice opportunity for the community to come together.”
Norman and her fellow Sparkettes, a group of women who volunteer to support the Fulton Fire Department, have sponsored the Fulton Easter egg hunt for more than 30 years, though none of them remember where it originated from.
All that matters now is keeping with tradition and offering the chance for everyone to come together on Easter.
“It’s just something fun that we like to do for the community,” Norman said.
That’s the same goal Camanche Kiwanis Club member Mary Temple hopes for their Easter egg hunt in Camanche.
And already it looks like this year’s event will generate the most activity in her six years as organizer.
“Usually we have it at the library but this year we actually changed it to the Camanche High School football field because we have more of crowd now,” Temple said.
Another incentive to changing the location of the hunt was the parking capacity the high school offered. Also, by having more room, it allowed Temple and the Kiwanis club to separate the hunt into age appropriate categories.
Preschoolers and kindergartners will hunt together, first and second graders will hunt together and third and fourth graders will hunt together at the Camanche event.
“This year we’re separating it out because we do have more room,” Temple said. “It’s more open now and the kids won’t have to worry about running into each other. It’s just a lot safer.”
Fulton also will segregate the age groups during their Easter egg hunt, but fifth graders also are welcomed to take part.
While each event is geared toward children, it is also aimed at unity and togetherness for each community. Plus, there’s enough candy to go around.
Temple estimated the Kiwanis Club, with donations from Wal-Mart, Kwik Star, Culvers and Emanuel Lutheran Church, purchased around $400 worth of candy to be distributed for the hunt.
The same amount is expected during the Fulton Easter egg hunt, according to Norman, and if the weather holds up, it will be gone before they know it.
“It’s just a free-for-all for any candy they can get,” she said.