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Thousands expected for West Kelowna Easter egg hunt
In a few weeks, thousands of kids will try to locate 12,000 Easter eggs.
And it will probably only take a matter of minutes.
The second annual Easter Egg Scramble will take place at Johnson Bentley Sports Field from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 8.
Darcey Elder of West Kelowna Remax has been one of the key organizers of the event.
He said that the official egg hunt will begin at 1 p.m. At that point, children 10-years-old and younger will be set loose to try and get their hands on as many of the 12,000 eggs as possible.
As a bonus, there will be a few golden eggs hidden among the bunch. Those who find a golden egg will be given a gift basket.
There will also be a special guest in attendance.
"The Easter Bunny is going to be brought in on the fire truck," said Elder.
Elder noted that there will likely be two different egg hunt sections: One area for the five to 10-year-olds and one area for the younger children.
He added that last year's event was "phenomenal" and brought out over 4,000 people.
Judging from experience, he warned families not to show up late.
"Last year the Easter Bunny rode in and counted down and the kids just roared onto the field. In two or three minutes the eggs were gone."
Although the event is focused around kids in the community, Elder said that this year's Easter Egg Scramble will also benefit the Food Bank.
"The Food Bank really needs stuff at this time of the year. They get lots at Christmas . . . but (during) spring and fall they don't really get that much, so it's been really good for them."
Elder said that several businesses—from both West Kelowna and Kelowna—have teamed up with Remax to put on the event.
Although the egg hunt will be the highlight, there are several other reasons to come down to Johnson Bentley Sports Field on April 8.
"There will be free hot dogs and juice boxes. Starbucks is going to be there with coffee; Craftsman Collision is doing helium balloons; Compass Mortgage Group and Grant Thorton are doing face painting."
Elder credited the work of Jaydene Cahill and Tracey Boorman as other key organizers who have helped make the Easter gathering possible, calling the event a "team effort."
Elder said that Remax plans to continue the Easter Egg Scramble as an annual event in years to come.