On the hunt … for eggs

WILLIAMS?- It was cold and breezy, but the sun was shining when area youngsters scoured Williams City Park for Easter eggs on Saturday morning.

According to Williams Area Development Corp. volunteer Jesse Hiemstra, the Williams event draws between 30 to 40 children every year for the event, regardless of the weather.

“We can hold it in the community center,” said Hiemstra of the possibility of inclement weather. “But it’s not as much fun.”

Preparation takes about an hour to load the eggs and then with the aid of her two helpers, Harli and Shelby Schutt, Hiemstra and her team took another hour to scatter the eggs throughout the park.

“And then it only takes them five minutes to find,” laughs Hiemstra.

As the age limit for participants ranges from infants to third graders, some eggs are easier to find while others are more elusive.

After the hunt is over, children, friends and parents usually find a quiet place to inspect their bounty and maybe to enjoy a jelly bean or marshmallow bunny.

And just in case some children’s baskets were empty, colorful Easter basket cupcakes decorated by Hiemstra were available to all participants following the event.

The Williams Area Development Corp. sponsors the annual event, said Hiemstra.