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Columbia City Rotary Easter Egg Hunt is tonight in Morsches Park

(Talk of the Town file photo by Jennifer Zartman Romano) Xavier Alarie, below, smiles as he scans the field at Morsches Park in 2009 looking for any undiscovered eggs. The annual Easter Egg Hunt has been taken on by the Columbia City Rotary Club and is planned for this evening at 6 p.m.

By Jennifer Zartman Romano

A casualty of budget cuts, the annual Easter Egg Hunt in Morsches Park initially looked like it would not survive in 2010, but thanks to the generosity of the Columbia City Rotary Club, it will not only happen this year -- it has been enhanced.
The Columbia City Rotary Easter Egg Hunt will begin at 6 p.m. in Morsches Park tonight for children ages 0-11.
Rotarians, under the guidance of club service chairman Gene Smith, evaluated the event and decided to make some changes to make the event more enjoyable for families this year.
The first change involves the eggs. Instead of finding two kinds of different-looking eggs on the field -- participants will find that all eggs look the same. Several hundred of the pastel plastic eggs will be candy filled...but 50 eggs will have $1 coins inside and others will have other coins in them.
Another change involves the set up of the event. The hunt will be divided into four age categories, including ages 0-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-11. Parents will only be allowed to accompany the children ages 0-2 onto the egg covered field -- for all other age categories, they will need to remain behind the fence.
A final change has been made in regards to security. Each of the age groups will hunt for eggs at separate times, divided by a several minute period for families to move from one area to the next. This change was made to keep families with children of different ages together and decrease the chance that a child might become lost or unsupervised.
Those participating in the Columbia City Rotary Easter Egg Hunt are urged to bring baskets or bags to collect their eggs in. There is no fee to participate.


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