Sebastien Rubino / [email protected]
The Woodland Moose Lodge will host its annual Community Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday April 16th.
Children 11 and under are welcome to participate in the event, which will include separate egg hunts divided into age groups.
Lota Ross, the administrative assistant at Woodland Moose Lodge #2394, is thrilled to bring back the popular event for the first time since 2019 after a three-year hiatus.
“There’s going to be something for everyone,” Ross said.
The event will feature egg hunts for four age groups, all of whom will have their own dedicated area where they can find eggs.
In all, there will be between 5,500 and 6,000 Easter eggs spread around Horseshoe Lake Park in Woodland for children to find. Each of the eggs will be filled with candies or other treats.
Ross said she expects between 200 and 300 people to attend.
Children who find a special prize egg during the hunt will receive a gift basket. There will be three prize baskets per age group.
“Once they find that prize egg, they’ll bring it where we’ll have a table set up, and the person making the baskets is usually there, so they let them choose whichever one they want,” Ross said. .
In the past, Ross said prizes have included soccer balls, badminton equipment, candy, stuffed animals, coloring books and crayons.
Ross said the crew planned to start setting up the playpen at 7 a.m. the morning of the event.
“The Easter egg hunt starts at 10 a.m. and then usually ends at 10:06 a.m.,” she said with a laugh. “It doesn’t take them long at all to find all those eggs.”
While more recent iterations of the event use plastic eggs with prizes inside, Ross said organizers used to hide painted boiled eggs 15 years ago.
She said organizing the event kept her busy, as the Moose Lodge was also coordinating a Fishing Derby, which will be held at Horseshoe Lake Park on May 14.
At this event, Ross said kids will have the chance to win prizes based on the size of the fish they catch during the derby. One of the prizes includes a bicycle which was donated by one of the Moose Lodge members, she said.
Ross said the woodland princesses will also be at the community Easter egg hunt. The girls will help Moose Lodge members settle in and also spend time with the children.
“Sometimes little girls think these princesses are just the best, so I’m sure little girls especially appreciate that,” Ross said.
Horseshoe Lake Park is located at 700 Goerig Street in Woodland. The event will begin at 10 a.m. on April 16.