Children participate in Easter egg hunt despite rain

Saturday, March 30, 2013 | 4:53 p.m. CDT
Some families braved the rain to participate in the annual Egg Hunt Eggstravaganza at Douglass Park on Saturday.

COLUMBIA — A smaller than expected group of children showed up for Columbia's annual Easter egg hunt.

The Egg Hunt Eggstravaganza took place Saturday morning at Douglass Park.

Those who braved the heavy rain got their faces painted and played pin the tail on the bunny while they waited for the egg hunt to begin.

"The children don’t mind the rain as much as we do," volunteer Si Yol Yi said. "It’s good it is not our job to clean them afterwards."

Robin Haines, mother of two, thought the event could have been canceled due to the weather.

"We will just have to warm them up at home later," she said.

Still, Beau Hicks, father of 5-year-old Jackson, who gathered eggs while dressed in a Buzz Lightyear costume, remained optimistic.

"At least it’s not snowing," he said.

Due to the rain, the event organizers had to move many of the planned activities under the park's Kenneth Ralph Shelter.

"We had to improvise," volunteer Emma Drake said.

The rain, however, didn't delay the hunt. As the kickoff was announced over a megaphone, children raced into the field to collect as many candy-filled eggs as possible.

Camren Cross, recreation supervisor for the Parks and Recreation Department, said he couldn’t disappoint the children by cancelling the event.

Cross said 500 people were expected but only about 150 people participated.

Supervising editor is Emilie Stigliani.

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