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Sweet traditions spark annual egg hunt with the ‘bunny hop’

By Staff | Apr 4, 2018

JADE HEASLEY/The Luminary   These children were happy to meet the Easter Bunny before the Egg Hunt in Montgomery Park on Saturday, March 31st.  Front row from left:  Jase Koch, Meadow Straup, Levi Hendershot, Leah Hendershot, Liam Ziegler, Alayna Ziegler, and Payton Rothermel.  Back row from left:  The Easter Bunny, Brooklyn Miller, and Amy Miller.

MONTGOMERY – The Montgomery Lions Club hit a milestone on Saturday, March 31st by hosting their 60th annual Egg Hunt. It’s been a tradition to hold it in Montgomery Park at 1:00 p.m. the Saturday before Easter.

Nearly 250 children gathered in the park to pick up a variety of chocolate coins, bunnies, taffy bars, lollipops, and many other kinds of candy purchased by the Lions Club.

The Lions Club spent about $740 dollars on a bulk order of sugary treats, and Sil Mancini estimated that they procured about five thousand pieces of candy.

The Easter Bunny himself showed up ahead of time wearing a floral vest with a Lions Club patch and carrying a giant basket of foil-wrapped chocolates to hand out to the children. The Easter Bunny also posed for numerous photos.

Fortunately the weather was sunny and warm, and the children were overjoyed about having their baskets, buckets, and bags filled with candy. Five-year-old Kylie Houseknecht commented that the best part of the Egg Hunt was “Getting lots of candy.” She also said that meeting the Easter Bunny was fun. When asked if the Easter Bunny said anything to her, she said “no.”

JADE HEASLEY/ The Luminary   Members of the Montgomery Lions Club pose for a photo before their annual Egg Hunt in Montgomery Park.  Seated from left:  Larry Grove, Paul Wertman, and Norman Kobbe.  Standing from left:  Claude Mancini, Don Barto, Lowell Gay, Dave Stahl, Ben Weller, Rich Miller, and Roger McRae.

Seven-year-old Georgia Krall participated in the egg hunt for the first time this year. When asked her thoughts about the event, she gave an enthusiastic thumbs-up. She further commented, “I love Easter because it’s almost springtime, and we get to have lots of fun.” Nine-year-old Samantha Krall said what she liked best about the egg hunt. She said, “You can get different kinds of candies and some are big and some are small.” She was fortunate to be one of the kids who picked up a six-inch hollow chocolate bunny.

Ten-year-old Chris Gruver said, “I always like coming here because I have so much fun hanging out,” while gesturing to his cousins, Amber and Josh Ellis. He further explained that he liked to walk around the edge of the border before the event started to figure out where the most candy was. “It’s fun to come down here because everybody’s in pursuit to get all the candy and you’re walking around to get all the candy at the beginning.” Amber Ellis, age nine, said, “I like to come here every year because it’s fun.” Josh Ellis, who said his age was “a decade” said, “I just like to have fun, mostly.”

After the Egg Hunt was over the Lions Club drew the winners of the annual raffle that helps to pay for the candy. While both the egg hunt and the raffle have been running for many years, according to Lions Club member George Nash, a newer tradition began in 2017 with the Easter Bunny doing “The Bunny Hop” dance. While some children were a bit timid, eight-year-old Eliana Mendez was the first to happily step up to the challenge and learn the dance before some of the other children joined it. Mendez said, “It was good,” and plans on taking part in “The Bunny Hop” again next year.