Nevis Easter event delights children

“We put out 15,000 to 20,000 plastic eggs filled with candy and prizes,” said Nevis Lion Barb Leery.

Children gleefully race toward Easter eggs placed by the Nevis Lions Club along the Heartland Trail.
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Oodles of eager children gathered in Nevis on Saturday, April 8, eyeing thousands of candy-filled eggs that lined the Heartland Trail.

It was a mad dash on Saturday, April 8 in Nevis.
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The sun shone on the 19th annual Nevis Easter Egg Hunt, which began promptly at 1:30 p.m.

The hunt was divided into four age groups: 3 and under, 4-6, 7-9 and 10 years and up.

Even the littlest egg hunters had a chance to score prizes.
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Sponsored by the Nevis Lions Club and local businesses, 20 bikes and helmets were given away at the afternoon drawing.

Pork Chop, Nevis' piggy mascot, handed out necklaces while children waited for the 1:30 p.m. alarm that announced the start of the egg hunt.
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The American Legion, Hansen Electric and the Nevis Fire Department were the biggest donors this year, according to Lion Barb Deery.


Families also had the opportunity to snap photos with the Easter Bunny at the Muskie Park pavilion.

Children, like Joy Wetterling, 7, of Grand Rapids, stop and pose with the Easter bunny in Muskie Park.
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“We put out 15,000 to 20,000 plastic eggs filled with candy and prizes,” said Leery. “Roughly 1,000 people attended.”

Esme Mickelson, 4, of Park Rapids was all smiles as she filled her tutu-style Easter basket.
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Fifty-two Easter rocks were hidden outdoors in public places around Nevis. Each family could collect one rock and bring it to the pavilion to collect the prize.

“All but six were turned in for backpacks filled with stuff, games, etc. There were a lot of happy smiling faces,” Deery said.

Shannon Geisen is editor of the Park Rapids Enterprise.
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