Easter Bunny and Miss Santaquin Royalty make appearance
Gone in 60 seconds.
More like gone in 40.
The Santaquin Annual Easter Egg Hunt kicked off with a mad dash as approximately 300 kids scrambled for colorful goodies on the ball fields behind the Santaquin Elementary school on Saturday morning.
At the sound of a fire engine siren the swarm of kids darted off their lines to collect eggs full of candy, toys, and other goods. The hunt started at 9:00 a.m. Sharp and ended before 9:01 a.m.
The Santaquin Area Chamber of Commerce put the event together with help from local business sponsors and volunteers. The Miss Santaquin Royalty was also there to lend a hand with the thousands of Easter items.
Some members of the Chamber said an estimated 10,000 Easter eggs were strewn across five separate fields for the Easter weekend event. “And that’s not counting the frisbees and stuff,” said Joe Davis of the Chamber.
Little six-year-old Kaylee Bascom was one of the hundreds of kids who made a good haul at the hunt. With her basket filled with plastic eggs she said she likes coming to the Easter egg hunt and that she had to run really fast.
“This is our second or third year coming, we just moved here,” said Kaylee’s mother Carolyn Bascom. She says they’ll be back again for next year’s event.
The Easter Bunny even made an appearance at the hunt, handing out jellybeans and high-fives.
“It was a success,” said Chamber of Commerce President Brad Horrocks. “We had some great support from our local sponsors.”
Horrocks says the Chamber has a new idea for next year’s Easter egg hunt. At the request of Davis, the Chamber will designate a separate field next year for children with special needs who may not be able to keep up with the fast pace of the hunt like other children.
“I had some parents come and ask me why we didn’t have a special field for those kids,” said Davis. “I guess it’s just something we never thought about.”
Davis has a 4-year-old granddaughter will Autism who will participate in next year’s hunt on the special field.
Horrocks agrees it’s a great idea and said he wasn’t sure why it hadn’t been done in the past. “Joe suggested that we do it, we talked about it and all thought it was a good idea,” he said.