Volunteers scramble to prep for Easter egg hunts

Volunteers work feverishly to be ready for Easter hunt

mmeehan1@herald-leader.comApril 20, 2011 

  • Easter events

    EGG HUNTS

    Hill-n-Dale Christian Church Pancake Breakfast and Egg Hunt. 9 a.m. April 23. Hill-n-Dale Christian Church, 371 Hill-n-Dale, Lexington. Free pancake breakfast, free picture with live lamb, free egg hunt, door prizes. (859) 278-0313.

    Tates Creek Christian Church Pancake Breakfast and Egg Hunt. April 23. Tates Creek Christian Church, 3150 Tates Creek Rd. Lexington. Breakfast at church at 9-11 a.m.; egg hunt at noon at Lansdowne-Merrick Park, 3190 Montavesta Rd. Free. (859) 266-1621.

    Scott County Park Egg Hunt. 10 a.m. April 23. Scott County Park, 1220 Cincinnati Pike, Georgetown. Candy and prize eggs. Children younger than 10. Free.

    ■ Dog Bone Hunt. Immediately after egg hunt. Scott County Park, Georgetown. $5 a dog. Benefits the Scott County Humane Society. Register on site. Bones and door prizes.

    Easter Egg Hunt. 10 a.m. April 23. Meadowbrook Park, 372 Harvard Lane, Lexington. Sponsored by Southern Acres Christian Church.

    Wilmore Egg Hunt. 10 a.m. April 23. Centennial Park, Wilmore, behind the Ichthus grounds. Children 10 and younger.

    Community Egg Hunt. 10:30 a.m. April 23. Masterson Station Park, 3051 Leestown Rd., Lexington. Free. (859) 246-3770. MastersChurch.com.

    26th Annual Easter Eggstravaganza. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. April 23. Irvine McDowell Park, Richmond. Free. Easter Bunny, inflatables, petting zoo, $3 pony rides. Egg hunts for ages 3 and younger at 11:30 a.m.; ages 4-5 at noon; ages 6-7 at 12:30 p.m.; ages 8-10 at 1 p.m. (859) 623-8753.

    Community Easter Festival. 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. April 23. Dixie Park, 1850 Eastland Pkwy. Lexington. Egg hunt, hot dogs, bottled water, music, face painting, inflatables. Sponsored by Vineyard Community Church. Free.

    Joseph-Beth Booksellers Egg Hunt. 11 a.m. April 23. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, The Mall at Lexington Green, 161 Lexington Green Cir., Lexington. Spring stories, songs, Easter egg hunt. (859) 273-2911, JosephBeth.com.

    Eggstravaganza. April 23. Festivities at 1 p.m.; egg hunt at 3 p.m. Jacobson Park Shelter 6, 4001 Athens-Boonesboro Rd., Lexington. 30,000 Easter eggs, games and prizes. Egg hunt, free. Inflatables, concessions, small fee. Sponsored by Highpoint Church.

    William Wells Brown Community Center Egg Hunt. 1 p.m. April 23. William Wells Brown Community Center, 548 E. Sixth St., Lexington. (859) 389-6678.

    Hope Springs Community Church Egg Hunt. 1 p.m. April 23. Cardinal Valley Park, 2077 Cambridge Dr., Lexington. Free.

    Quest Community Church Egg Hunt. 2:30 p.m., Quest Community Church, 410 Sporting Ct., Lexington. Free. (859) 277-2014.

    Sunrise Services

    Lexington Cemetery. April 24. Services at 6 a.m., Main Street Baptist Church, Flower Garden; 7 a.m., Salvation Army, Sunken Garden; 7:30 a.m., First Baptist Church, Lower Lake; and 8 a.m. Maxwell Street Presbyterian, Section 50. Free. 833 W. Main St., Lexington.

    State Parks EVENTS

    For information about any of these events, go to http://parks.ky.gov.

    Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Park. April 23. Easter Bunny at 7-9 a.m.; egg hunt at 10:30 a.m. Free. 1-800-325-2282. jamie.avery@ky.gov.

    Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park. Egg hunt at 11 a.m. April 23. Mount Olivet. Free. 1-800-443-7008.

    Rough River Dam State Resort Park. Egg hunt at 1:30 p.m. April 23. Falls of Rough River. Free; $5 photos with Easter Bunny. 1-800-325-1713.

    Jenny Wiley State Resort Park. Egg hunt at 2 p.m. April 23. Prestonsburg. 12 and younger. Free. 1-800-325-0142.

    Easter Buffet. Noon-8 p.m. April 24. All 17 resort park restaurants will serve Easter Buffet. The menu includes beef, baked country ham, fried catfish and hush puppies, plus fresh fruit, a cheese bar, garden vegetables, salad and desserts. $17.95 for adults. $7.95, children 12 and younger. No reservations taken. Call individual parks for information.

    Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park. April 24. Easter Bunny at main lodge at 12:30-2 p.m.; egg hunt at 2:30 p.m. Gilbertsville. Free. 1-800-325-0146.

    Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park, Dawson Springs. April 24. Easter Bunny at 1:30 p.m.; egg hunt at 2:30 p.m. Dawson Springs. Free. 1-800-325-1711.

    Kenlake State Resort Park. Egg hunt at 2 p.m. April 24. Gilbertsville. Easter photo setting available. Free. 1-800-325-0143.

    Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park. Egg hunt at 2:30 p.m. April 24. Buckhorn. Free. 1-800-325-0058.

    Cumberland Falls State Resort Park. Egg hunt at 2:30 p.m. April 24. Corbin. Free. 1-800-325-0063.

    Lake Barkley State Resort Park. April 24. Easter Bunny at 2:30 p.m.; egg hunt at 3 p.m. Cadiz. Free. 1-800-325-1708.

    MISC.

    Easter Bunny Photos. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. April 22, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. April 23. The Mall at Lexington Green, 161 Lexington Green Cir, Lexington. Various prices. Pets welcome April 22. (859) 983-2630. http://easterbunnylexgreen.blogspot.com.

    Easter Bunny Photos. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. April 22, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. April 23. Near Dillard's, Fayette Mall, 3401 Nicholasville Rd., Lexington. Various prices. (859) 272-3493. www.shopfayette-mall.com.

    Easter Bunny Train Ride. 1:30 p.m. April 23. Bluegrass Railroad Museum, 175 Beasley Rd., Versailles. Adults $10, Seniors $9, ages 2-12 $8. (859) 879-8993. www.BluegrassRailroad.com.

  • By the numbers

    30,000

    Eggs at Jacobson Park

    8,900

    Easter buffet meals at Kentucky State Parks

    25

    Dogs in 2010 Scott County Dog Bone Hunt

    10

    Easter egg hunts scheduled in Fayette County parks

    4,500

    Participants at state park Easter egg hunts

Chris Logan can imagine what it's like to be the Easter Bunny.

His work starts long before the holiday. He deals in high volume with a small team. He frets about the weather.

"There is no rain option," said Logan. "We are stuck with 30,000 eggs" if it rains.

Logan leads the efforts of the 100-member congregation at Highpoint Church on Bryan Avenue, which for the last few years has put on an Eggstravaganza at Lexington's Jacobson Park.

The celebration is one of dozens across Central Kentucky this weekend. The highlight for many families is the Easter Sunday worship service, but the number of egg hunts seems to be growing, said Rudy Cruse, marketing manager for Lexington-Fayette County Parks and Recreation.

Highpoint Church started about 10 years ago with "a modest effort," Logan said. There were a couple of hundred eggs with mostly families from the church in attendance.

Four years ago, they decided to make it a community-wide project. It grew steadily. Now groups gather in the church fellowship hall in the weeks before Easter to stuff 30,000 eggs with candy. In addition, members take home 1,000 eggs at a time to fill them there.

Another small congregation, True Life Church on Kingston Road, also pitches in, Logan said.

Planning for an Easter egg hunt is a little like preparing for the Kentucky Derby, said Lisa Deavers, western region recreation coordinator for Kentucky State Parks. There's a lot of prep and hoopla for a brief event.

"We timed one once, and it lasted less than a minute," said Deavers, who has organized many Easter egg hunts at state parks. "It's just like locusts. As soon as the kids go through it, the eggs are gone."

Robin Allen, who organizes the Scott County Easter egg hunt, knows the feeling. "You can't be late for it. In five minutes, it's all over," she said.

Over the years, the humble egg hunt has become the central event for larger festivities. State parks offer an Easter buffet that has become a tradition for many families, Deavers said. Last year, about 8,900 people enjoyed the buffet. This weekend, at many state parks, you'll find the buffet, the Easter bunny and an Easter egg hunt.

This year's Eggstravaganza at Jacobson Park will feature inflatables, face painting and games with prizes. Other Central Kentucky events include free pancake breakfasts, music and a chance to get your picture taken with a live lamb.

Richmond Parks and Recreation offers the Bunny Express, in which city residents can pay a fee to have the Easter Bunny visit their home. (Registration is required and is closed.)

Scott County has the traditional egg hunt, and one with a twist. After the humans surge across the field in search of eggs, there is a dog-bone hunt. Unlike the humans, who scour the ground for every morsel of candy and every last egg, the dogs mostly grab one bone, sit and enjoy a snack, Allen said.

Allen and Logan both said they've learned over the years that the key to a successful egg hunt is keeping the parents in check.

"It takes advance planning. And crowd control becomes one of the biggest issues," Logan said.

"You can't be afraid to tell parents to stay off the field," Allen said.

One thing organizers don't have to worry about is finding eggs or candy left on the field.

"We will have kids who will stay out and scour the area," said Wilmore's park and recreation manager, Amy Fitch. "Wilmore really likes to come together and see their friends. That's really what this is about."

Reach Mary Meehan at (859) 231-3261 or 1-800-950-6397, Ext. 3261.

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