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“I think at least for kids, they enjoy seeing the Easter Bunny and running around,” Renn said. “It’s just the joy of finding the eggs and seeing what’s inside. I think it’s just great that the parks department puts this on.”
By the time the “go” was given in New Albany for its egg hunt, the fog had lifted and made way for a clearer, warmer and brighter day. But the hunt followed Clarksville’s example in the level of the kids’ enthusiasm.
Kathy Wilkerson, interim superintendent for New Albany’s Parks Department, had functioning speakers to work with. And the 214 children on hand at Bicknell Park had no problem hearing their cue. About 6,000 eggs were picked up in 12 minutes.
Wilkerson said the parks department held the hunt at Sam Peden Community Park for about 20 years, but to generate more interest in the department’s programs and raise awareness for the city’s other parks, she said they’ll probably move the hunt from park to park every year.
“It’s just to help show where the parks are in town,” Wilkerson said. “A lot of people live in town, but don’t know where the parks are. So we’re just trying to bring some attention to them.”
After children collected the eggs, they turned them in in exchange for a bag of candy, then got a juicebox and a picture with the Easter Bunny.
Kevin Wilkerson, 47 of Clarksville, brought his family to the hunt. He said though the format is different than what he grew up with, he thinks his kids had a good time.
“There’s very few places where kids can just go out and be involved with other kids,” Kevin said. “There’s really no Halloween anymore, it’s so structured you just have to go to the stores these days. But this just lets them be with other kids without any intrusion from anyone else.”