Easter egg hunts are a time-honored tradition for those who celebrate the holiday. Here in Auburn, the city’s Parks and Recreation Department and Wells Fargo Bank are co-sponsoring the 38th annual Easter Egg Hunt.
The event will take place on Saturday at Kiesel Park and provide children up to age 12 with a chance to have fun, win prizes and, of course, hunt eggs.
The event will have nearly 38,000 eggs hidden throughout four acres of the park. The hunts will be split into age groups, with children younger than 3 hunting at 10:30 a.m., children 4-6 at 10:45, ages 7-9 at 11 and 10-12 at 11:15.
Auburn Parks and Recreation Community and Special Programs Director Alison Hall said most eggs will be filled with small prizes while a certain amount will have prize slips inside that children can redeem for bigger prizes such as Easter-related toys, kites and much more at prize tables after their hunt.
Children will also have the opportunity to find one of four Golden Eggs hidden in the park.
“Luckily, we only fill the prize slip eggs — that’s about 1,000 to 2,000 of the eggs. The rest we purchase from a company (Ayres Distributing Company) that pre-stuffs them for us because otherwise I think that would take a couple of months,” Hall said.
Other than the Easter Egg Hunt, the event will feature face painting for children, games to win additional prizes as well as food from Kona Ice and the Auburn Citivan Club, which will be selling food like hot dogs and chips in order to raise money for the community grants that the group offers throughout the year.
Wells Fargo, which has sponsored the event for the past 36 years, will be giving away free drinks and balloons to the public.
“We just encourage families to bring a picnic basket and really just plan to sit out and enjoy the park and the beautiful weather and have a picnic or fly a kite or, you know, play with a Frisbee and just have a good time at the park," Hall said.
Attendees will also have the opportunity to take photos with the Easter Bunny and Aubie as well as Sparky the Firefighter Dog and the Chick-Fil-A cows.
Starting in 1981 with 500 eggs at Auburn High School, the event has grown into one of the largest Easter events in the state. According to Hall, Auburn Parks and Recreation expects beautiful weather on Saturday and a few thousand attendees.