Goshen News, Goshen, IN

March 31, 2013

Hundreds of youngsters gather in Easter eggs


THE GOSHEN NEWS

GOSHEN — The day before Easter, hundreds of children in the Goshen area toed starting lines and then scrambled to gather up as many plastic eggs as they could at annual Easter egg hunts.

“Hunt” may be an out-dated word to use for these events, as colorful plastic eggs are laid on the ground in plain sight to give all the children an equal chance at success.

In New Paris, Lions Club members once again sponsored their event, one which stretches so far back nobody could really get a handle on when it started. But the club was started in 1954.

“It was back so far they were using hard-boiled eggs in hiding,” said Merv Miller, club member.

Miller and his fellow club members placed 3,500 eggs on the schoolyard at New Paris Elementary and then divided the children into three age groups. With a simple “OK” the children sprinted toward the eggs. Sometimes moms and dads had to help the youngest of the children.

The club handed out tickets to each child to be entered into prize drawings. Gifts included stuffed animals, a scooter for a toddler, and several bicycles. There were also hundreds of gift certificates from local merchants placed in the eggs.

At Goshen Christian Church on Berkey Avenue, church members scattered 5,000 eggs on the ground outside the church. Each egg contained candy and Christian-themed prizes. It was the third year for the event.

“It’s just a little bit of evangelism that we’re doing, trying to get new people to come to church if they’d like to have a new church home,” said Mary Ann Hunsberger, one of the event’s organizers. “I think you see all the children and families come and it’s a fun thing to do for all ages.”

Jill Gorball of Goshen attended with her son Hayden. “This is where we go to church and my kids love to hunt eggs,” she said.

Tabitha Freshour enjoyed a special time with her son, Sage, 2.

“It’s his first Easter egg hunt and we go to church here. I think it’s really neat, it’s safe and it gives the kids security and something to do.”