Easter egg hunts for the 12 and under set were held in three communities on Apr. 16. In Kincardine, at Tiny Tots Park, in Tiverton at the ball diamonds and in Ripley at Lewis Park, hundreds of excited little ones, baskets in hand, came out to hunt for treats.
The Kincardine/Tiverton hunts were initiated by Jenn Morin, who reached out to the community for volunteers to help with the organizing, and friends and social media contacts stepped forward to lend a hand. Children were asked to register in advance, 439 of them in all, and on arrival received a loot bag and a chance to hunt for their share of the 4,000 eggs hidden in the park. Attendees were asked to bring non-perishable food items, which were distributed to the Kincardine Food Bank and Drop In at the Bridge.
Lorelle Hedley, president of the Kincardine Agricultural Society, recruited volunteers to host a hot dog/drink/dessert lunch, for a suggested $4 donation, with all proceeds raised directed to the Ag Society.
At Lewis Park in Ripley, the hunt was hosted by the Ripley Business Community. Children registered on site, and after finding one of the colourful plastic eggs, hidden in plain sight, exchanged their egg for a big bag of goodies. The Easter bunny made a special appearance, offering plenty of free hugs.
Tammy Schneider, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Kincardine Independent