An event that combines 8,000 plastic eggs with the patter of hundreds of tiny feet in pursuit of the goodies contained therein will unfold on April 8 in Mount Airy.
And though the atmosphere will be tense and chaotic, fun and excitement are expected to prevail during the city’s 2017 Easter Egg Hunt at Westwood Park, which is free and open to the public. Kids only need to bring their baskets.
“This will be Mount Airy Parks and Recreation’s fourth-annual egg hunt,” Family Services Supervisor Fonda Mooney of that organization pointed out Thursday regarding an event that usually attracts 400 to 500 kids, depending on the weather.
The hunt is broken down into age groups, with each getting a turn trying to ferret out eggs hidden at Westwood Park, which is located off Galax Trail.
Eggs for the younger kids will be concealed in ballfield areas there, with those for older kids to be placed around wooded sections near the walking trail.
They will have plenty of incentives, including prizes (candy or small toys) contained in each of the plastic eggs, with special prizes also at stake.
“Among the 8,000 there will be a golden egg for each of the three age groups,” city Assistant Parks and Recreation Director Darren Lewis explained Thursday.
“The individuals who find the golden eggs get a special Easter basket full of goodies,” he said.
Scheduled segments on April 8 include:
• A hunt for “Little Bunnies,” including younger children up to age 3, which begins at 10 a.m.
• A “Running Rabbits” division, for those ages 4-6, who will get their crack at the eggs at 10:20 a.m.
• A “Top Hoppers” hunt for older kids, 7 and up, which is set for 10:40 a.m.
The Easter Bunny also will make a special appearance at the event to meet children and have pictures made with them.
While the weather around this time of year can be tricky, the annual egg hunt consistently attracts healthy attendance.
“Last year the weather did not cooperate with us, but we still had an outstanding turnout,” Lewis said.
The April 8 hunt will be held rain or shine.
“Hopefully, the weather will not dampen the event, but in case of rain there will be a drive-through service for parents to drive their kids by and bags of eggs will be given to the kids,” Mooney added Thursday.
She was “looking forward to an egg-citing day.”
Tom Joyce may be reached at 336-415-4693 or on Twitter @Me_Reporter.