FAIRBORN — Local children should get their baskets and running shoes ready to snatch up the 10,000 candy and prize-filled eggs at the 45th Annual Community Egg Hunt.
The Fairborn Chamber of Commerce, Foy’s Stores, and the WPAFB Company Grade Officer’s Association and Force Support Squadron, will team up once again to host the free event at 2 p.m. Easter Sunday, April 20, at Fairborn’s Central Park, 222 S. Central Ave.
“It takes under two minutes for all 10,000 eggs to be picked up,” said Chamber Director Paul Newman. “It’s a treat just to watch the scramble with many of these children still dressed in their Easter finest. Just stuffing the eggs and hiding them adds to the hours of preparation for this to take place and it’s amazing to see it conclude in just seconds.”
Believed to be the longest running Easter egg hunt in the Miami Valley, it was started by former Chamber Director John Dalton and Norman Foy 45 years ago and has been held every year since. Various businesses, individuals and organizations have made cash donations to help defray the cost of 10,000 eggs, candy and the more than 2,000 prizes purchased each year.
“Of course this event wouldn’t be possible without the support we get from the community donors,” Newman said. “They, along with the three major organizers, really make this happen.”
Children will be divided into three age groups for egg collecting, including 1-3, 4-6 and 7-10. Parents or relatives are permitted to assist those children in the 1- to 3-year-old category.
After the hunt, the youngsters will proceed to the Fairborn YMCA gymnasium where each child will be given a prize. Some lucky kids will redeem special prize certificates including six bikes awarded to both a boy and a girl in each age group.