LL offers community egg hunts
Splash Staff Writer
A new generation is hopping to the challenge of planning the 2013 Liberty Lake Community Easter Egg Hunt.
The 17th annual event, which typically draws several hundred children and involves thousands of candy-filled eggs, will take place at 11 a.m. March 30 at Pavillion Park. It is geared for toddlers through kids in fourth grade.
Wendy Van Orman, who organized the hunt since its inaugural year in 1997, stated at last year's hunt that she was searching for a replacement. After reaching out to past volunteers via email in early February with no real response, Van Orman's daughter, Alisha Davis, decided to jump in to keep the event alive.
A mother of a toddler and a newborn, Davis said she's also been involved with the event for the past 16 years, even serving as co-chair with her mom.
"Now that I have kids, I didn't want to see it go goodbye," Davis said. "I want to keep it going until somebody is ready to take it over."
Registration for this year's hunt will take place the last week of March at the Liberty Lake Municipal Library, 23123 E. Mission Ave. The two registration times are 5 to 8 p.m. March 25 and 3 to 8 p.m. March 28. Families are asked to bring six plastic eggs filled with wrapped candy per child or $3 per child to register.
Those looking to fill their bellies or visit with the Easter bunny prior to the hunt will not have the option of the pancake feed the morning of the hunt. Representatives of Liberty Lake Kiwanis said the group is not holding a breakfast at the elementary school as they have in the past.
Families are also encouraged to dress warmly, bring a basket or bag to collect eggs and arrive early.
"Definitely come 10 to 15 minutes early; don't wait until right at 11," Davis said. "You never know if a balloon will pop, setting off everything early."
Another spring event for older students, The All Fools Hunt, will be held 8 p.m. April 13 at Trailhead Golf Course for young people in fifth through 12th grades. Sponsored by the Liberty Lake Youth Commission, all proceeds benefit Crosswalk, a local homeless shelter for youth.
Davis said that volunteers will be contacting local businesses in the coming month to see if they'd like to donate prizes, coupons or money to keep the community egg hunt alive for next year.
Volunteers are also needed to help the day of the event, as well as stuff the eggs during the evening of March 28. If interested, please contact 921-6746 or firstname.lastname@example.org.