Like a baby chick pecking its way out of an egg, pent up energy was abound among the dozens of kids who turned out for Cleveland’s annual Community Education Easter egg hunt Saturday morning.
With spring delayed by a blizzard earlier in the week, the egg search was held in the school gym.
“It’s spring and everyone’s excited,” said coordinator Rich Kern. “Some years it’s inside. Some years its outside, but I think we had one in the last five outside because of the weather.”
There were zones marked off for five age groups up to sixth grade and, in total, about 800 colored plastic egg littered across the gym floor. Kids waited as Kern counted down the start. Each kid got to bag up to 10 eggs.
Finding an egg with a golden ticket earned larger prizes. Every kid took home a gift bucket with smaller prizes: colored chalk, pencils and a few pieces of candy.
About 100 kids attended. The Easter bunny was on hand to greet them and pose for a photo.
“Turnout was great,” Kern said. “I think this is one of the bigger ones we’ve had…the Easter bunny, the candy, the prizes, plus the countdown to go find eggs. It’s kind of old school, but the kids like it.”
The egg was a symbol of the rebirth of the earth in pre-Christian celebrations of spring. The Easter egg itself was defined by early Christians as an Easter symbol of the resurrection of Jesus. It can be likened to the tomb from which Christ arose, and finding an egg during an egg hunt can be related to the joy the women had when they reached the tomb and found it was empty.
Today, Easter egg hunts are a tradition in many towns in Southern Minnesota and around the country as well.