An Egg-cellent hunt

JACKPOT: Gia Nostrant and Barbie Nostrant go through all the eggs Gia found during the egg hunt. (Pioneer photo/Dan Meloy)

JACKPOT: Gia Nostrant and Barbie Nostrant go through all the eggs Gia found during the egg hunt. (Pioneer photo/Dan Meloy)

More than 1,000 children participate in Easter egg hunt at Roben-Hood Airport 

BIG RAPIDS — Most visitors fly into Roben-Hood Airport, but the Easter Bunny rolls in on a Big Rapids Department of Public Safety fire engine.

More than 1,000 enthusiastic children made their way to the airport to celebrate the Easter season with an egg hunt.

Big Rapids Elks Lodge No. 974 hosted the event, with assistance from Meijer, laying out an estimated 12,000 eggs across three zones designated for different age groups.

The eggs contained candy or $1 coins, while eggs labeled with stickers contained tickets, which could be exchanged for gift baskets. Gift baskets included more candy – including chocolate bunnies – and gift certificates.

Elks Easter Egg Hunt Chairman Tom Stellard said Elks is a big promoter of local youth and the egg hunt is about creating lasting memories for families.

“For the Elks, it’s special to watch children get all excited,” Stellard said. “It’s what all the fun of Easter is about. You get to see the Easter Bunny and find eggs.”

The Easter Bunny made an appearance at the egg hunt, as he did at many hunts throughout Mecosta County.

The famous bunny made a grand entrance with the help of the Big Rapids Department of Public Safety Fire Division, and parents had the opportunity snap a photo of their children next to the Easter Bunny.

Weather was in the high 30s, but children and parents alike had the chance to warm up by hopping around to Easter-themed music.

“This is our third time doing this at the airport,” Stellard said. “We do events like this, the hoop shoot and college scholarship grants. The Elks is a youth-focused organization, we really want to create a great community for kids to be raised in.”

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