April 20, 2022 — Children and youth in Florence, Mapleton and even Westlake got the chance to join the Easter Bunny in Easter Egg Hunts on Saturday, April 16. Community members planned each event.
The day started with the Siuslaw Interact Club’s annual Easter Egg Hunt at Miller Park in Florence. Coordinated with Rotary Club of Florence, the event featured 4,000 eggs stuffed with candy and prizes.
“I was so happy to see so many families and kids smiling,” said Interact member Cate Waggoner. “It showed that a lot of the community had missed this tradition.”
There were four age groups, ranging from Pre-K up to fifth grade.
As usual, each egg “hunt” became a race, and every egg was found within minutes.
Waggoner said the entire Interact Club worked on the event.
“We all think the event went very well, although next year we will have a better set up,” she said.
After the egg hunts, Florence Community PTA had face painting and visits with the Easter Bunny, and Boba Flo offered refreshments during the event.
“I would like to give a huge thank you to BJ's, City Lights Cinemas, Kitchen Clutter, True Value, Yamaha, The Shippin’ Shack, R&R King Logging and the Rotary Club for their donations of prizes,” Waggoner added.
Starting at noon, more than 60 children and adults joined their own Easter Bunny and the Mapleton Lions Club for their annual Easter Egg Hunt. There were also games and prizes.
"Thank you all for coming out to the egg hunt today," said the Mapleton Lions Club on their Facebook page. "It was wonderful to see the community and watch the kids hunt eggs, play bunny games and win prizes!"
The next day, on Easter, the Mapleton Lions Club hosted its annual Easter Breakfast of all-you-can-eat pancakes, eggs, ham, sausage and hot coffee.