PDT Staff Writer
Now you see them, now you don’t. That’s 2,000 Easter eggs, that is.
Saturday afternoon, shortly after the arrival of the Easter bunny by helicopter, hundreds and hundreds of children were turned loose on the turf at Mound Park in Portsmouth, and within minutes, all of the brightly colored plastic eggs were either in hands or baskets.
“We have the Easter bunny arriving in a helicopter for the kids,” Lori Cooper, President of the Portsmouth Area Jaycees, said as she stood in a clearing beyond the field where the eggs had been placed. “We have over 2,000 eggs put out. We have three different age categories - zero to 5, 6 to 8, and then 9 to 12. We have plenty of Easter baskets, over a hundred prizes to give out. And it’s just a great time.”
Within minutes the helicopter landed at the park, and minutes later, to the cheers, “Easter bunny! Easter bunny!” he emerged from the chopper and the children were delighted. As he approached the taped off area of the hunt, the kids squealed with anticipation.
Then it was, “Ready, set, go!” and they were off.
“Last year we planned on having 200 and we ended up with 600, so this year we have planned for 600 kids. It gets crazy,” Cooper said. “The Jaycees make nothing off this. It’s just our part in giving back to the community, and, me, personally, I just enjoy watching the kids get so excited. It means a lot to me.”
The Jaycees next big event will be the Annual Trout Derby at Shawnee State Park with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, on April 27.
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