A Beautiful Day To Hunt ... Easter Eggs

Volunteers Keep Alive A Kimball Tradition With 2,000 Eggs

 

April 25, 2019

Daria Anderson-Faden/The Observer

More than 2,000 Easter eggs were found in a matter of minutes as local youngsters raced to pick up all the colorful eggs that the Easter Bunny brought this past Saturday, April 20, to the Kimball High School practice field. See other Easter egg hunt photo, Page 3A.

Of the hundreds of kids in four age groups who scrambled from behind the starting line to collect more than 2,000 Easter eggs at the Kimball High School practice field, only four were lucky enough to find grand prize slips inside their eggs.

The rest of the kids were still lucky - as they went home with piles of goodies and candy. The giant Easter bunny, courtesy of the Kimball Bakery, was also available for photos.

The event hosted by the Kimball Bakery drew an estimated 200 children, their parents and relatives.

Bob Hinton, Dawn Hickman and their children have made the event possible the past three years. They host the Easter tradition because of "their commitment to the Kimball community and in an effort to give back to the community they love."

According to Dawn Hickman, the New Hope Assembly of God Church members provide the labor for stuffing the eggs, while volunteers spend three hours prior to the hunt putting the eggs and prizes on the field. Hickman expressed gratitude to local businesses for their support providing money, prizes, and gift cards.

The Easter Egg Hunt has a long history for Kimball County families.

Originally, local churches sponsored the hunt with real hard-boiled eggs. By 2003, church involvement had dwindled.

Karen Robinson at Larsen's Jew.elry Store ran the hunt until 2014.

"I was going to do the Easter Egg Hunt until I had a nice day," she said."It never happened."

Every Easter Egg Hunt between 2003 to 2014 was snowy, windy, cold or rainy. In 2015, Keith Jones of Cantrell Funeral Home took over the egg hunt for three years.

Currently, Kimball Bakery hides the eggs.

As soon as the event is over, Bob and Dawn are on the look out for discounted eggs and prizes for the next year.

And, of course, all the eggs are recycled for the following year.

Courtesy Photo

Helping prepare for the Kimball community's 2019 Easter Egg Hunt were, left to right, Dawn Hickman, Ashley Hickman, Riley Hinton, Raelynn Hinton (Easter Bunny), Grant Hickman and Noah Hinton. Bob Hinton was out of town for this year's hunt.

 

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