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Lions Club egg hunt a 50-year tradition for River Heights children

April 10th, 2012 Posted in Arts and Life

Story and photo by Sean O’Sullivan

RIVER HEIGHTS -– A bright, sunny day and happy children seem to go hand in hand; especially if candy is involved. Saturday morning the River Heights Lions Club held its annual Easter egg hunt.

“You spend about an hour and a half making the bags of candy, probably an hour setting them up, and they’re gone in seven minutes,” said club member Bart Weston. “You put a lot of time into it and it’s over quickly.”

Just before 9 a.m., children went to different areas of the River Heights elementary school grounds depending on their age, and then a car alarm signaled the beginning of the hunt. The older children ran off, trying to beat their friends to the candy, while the younger kids had parents help them figure out what to do.

“We have three boys, and they love it,” said Jennifer Wallis. The Wallises like the town’s egg hunt because it’s very family friendly.

“It’s nice because everyone shares, and no one gets trampled,” Wallis said. “It’s a little more relaxed.”

This level of family friendliness is because the Lions Club likes to make sure everyone gets involved. “Our goal is to give everybody a chance to find something,” said Weston.

That’s why the Lions Club made over 300 packages of candy, and even kept some in their cars in case a child didn’t get any candy. The members bought the candy themselves, and feel it’s worth it to keep the tradition alive.

The hunt has been a River Heights tradition as long as Weston can remember, and it might even date back to the club’s opening in 1953.

“It’s our first time here,” said Jeff Riches, who brought his niece. “But it was great, and we’ll probably come back next year too. Maybe it’ll become our new tradition.”


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