With Easter weekend upon us, Saturday morning will prime time for hunting eggs. The weather forecast calls for a patch of frost before 9 a.m. before temperatures start rising into the mid-60s.
Here are the egg hunts being promoted as open to the public on Saturday, not including those sponsored by area churches.
57 years and still going
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Donner Center in Columbus is hosting the 57th annual Community Easter Egg Hunt, the granddaddy of all Easter egg hunts in Bartholomew County.As many as 1,000 people are expected at the event at 739 22nd St. Park areas are divided into locations where designated age groups of children up to age 8 may hunt for eggs. It’s free.Organizers said the 7,000 eggs filled with candy or trinkets are usually picked up within two minutes of the 10 a.m. Saturday start.
Organizers recommend parents make a plan to arrive early to allow ample time to find a parking place and to find the appropriate age group area. Those who arrive late may not find any eggs.
Kids should have their own bags or baskets to collect eggs. In the event of inclement weather, eggs and candy will be distributed inside Donner Center.
The Columbus Police and Fire departments will have vehicles that youngsters may see up close at the park. The Easter bunny will provide selfie photo opportunities.
Information: columbusparksandrec.com; 812-376-2680
A neighborhood egg hunt
The Lincoln-Central Neighborhood Family Center is hosting a free Easter Egg Hunt at 11 a.m. Saturday on the grounds of the Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. administration building, 13th Street and Cottage Avenue.About 2,000 eggs will be up for grabs, filled with candy or a prize ticket that will allow children to pick out an item from a special table.Organizers are asking those who participate to bring their own baskets or bags to the free event. They are expecting several hundred people to attend.
Three hunt areas, for children ages 3 and younger, ages 4 to 6 and ages 7 to 10, will be available.
Hope to find some eggs
Hope’s free Easter Egg Hunt, sponsored by Miller’s Merry Manor, is from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Historic Hope Town Square.About a dozen Miller’s employees are organizing the event, which features 3,000 candy-filled eggs hidden around the town square. There also will be face-painting, cookie decorating, a coloring contest and photos with the Easter bunny.Those who attend are asked to bring baskets or bags to collect eggs. There will be designated egg-hunting areas by age, for infants through age 3, ages 3 to 7 and 8-and-older.