City of Odessa Easter egg hunt brings close to 3000 participants

"I love it. It's really great", Michelle Hairston, Alexay and Jordan's mom, said of the Easter egg hunt.

Not much is more adorable than an Easter Egg Hunt, but to folks from other countries, egg hunts probably look like a bunch of overdressed folks have escaped the local psych ward and are rummaging through your yard looking for food.

For-Mar Nature Preserve & Arboretum, located at 2142 North Genesee Road in Burton, put on the Animal Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 15, from 10:30 noon. Sounds trivial, yes, but this is considered the biggest social event held at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, a tradition for more than 100 years.

After the egg hunt was over, Cheyenne Young, 7, of Martinsville, said the Easter bunny and the eggs she collected were her favorite parts of the event.

Pastor Iglesias said over the past four years, the volunteer force for the community Easter celebration has grown from about 20 to over 50 this year. The Oregon sky delivered a bright, sunny day for the third annual Easter Egg hunt, sponsored by the Calapooia District of the Boy Scouts of America, Faith Lutheran Church and Thrivent Financial. "We have the Easter Bunny flying in on a helicopter", Scarberry said.

"I think they were after that golden egg that's out there", said Samuel, who also had three other grandchildren participating in the egg hunt.

There was one field for children 1 to 4 years old to hunt in and another for ages 5 to 12.

Of course the Easter bunny also made an appearance to take pictures and hand out balloons. It's hard to get them away from it. "But for them, it's going to be interesting".

The cordoned off areas for each one of the egg hunts were full of colorful plastic eggs - all with treats inside.

"What's really important around Easter time is to really help the young people, and children especially, understand the objective of Easter and that Christ died on the cross for us, he's been raised from the dead".

"I'm just happy people were able to show up", Lion Todd Redmann said before the first whistle.