Families hunt for Easter eggs at Douglass Park

Saturday, April 23, 2011 | 4:52 p.m. CDT; updated 11:36 a.m. CDT, Sunday, April 24, 2011
One-year-old Arieanna Nunnelly finds a candy-filled Easter egg during the EGGstravaganza on Saturday at Douglass Park.

COLUMBIA — Threat of rain wouldn’t break one Columbia parent’s promise with her two children to hunt for Easter eggs every year.

“This is our third year,” Aiely Rico, mother of Melanie and Kelvin, said. “We always come to this event because it has lots of fun things to do with my kids.”


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More than 350 parents and children participated in an Easter egg hunt on Saturday at Douglass Park, which was sponsored by the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department. The Easter eggs were filled with Now and Laters, Toostie Rolls and Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. There were two separate egg hunt places with more than 1,500 hidden eggs designated by age groups.

Besides Easter egg hunting, the department prepared face painting, toss games and sack races. 

Maeleisa Leaford, whose parents brought her and her cousin to the park, was one of the egg hunters. 

“I feel good because it is fun,” Leaford said.

“Whatever to keep the kids happy and bring a nice event to the community, that’s our job," said Camren Cross, an event organizer with the Parks and Recreation Department. 

Cross said he received a lot of phone calls from people Friday because of the rainy forecast, but he did not worry about low attendance.

“Even though there is threat of rain, I think kids will pressure their parents to come out,” Cross said on Saturday before the event.

Just as Cross predicted, the number of participants at Douglass Park was no fewer than that of last year, including Rico and her kids. 

“We decorate our egg after we open it up and eat all the candy in it,” Rico said.

The Columbia Parks and Recreation Department has held the Easter egg hunt since the mid 1980s to celebrate the holiday with children and parents in Columbia.

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