The Wilson Children’s Home had a tremendous turn-out at their 22nd Annual Egg Hunt Saturday April 19. Last year there were around 400 children registered for the egg hunt and this year there were 509 children registered for the event, and that doesn’t include any adults attending the event.
While the egg hunt has been held every year for the past 20 years, this is the first year that Tina Gordley has been in charge of the event. She and 20 volunteers cordoned off areas, packaged prizes, and helped the Easter Bunny scatter eggs across the lawn areas.
“This is my first year with this, so there are probably going to be a few bumps,” Gordley said. “I already have a few ideas for some changes next year.”
Considering the number of participants and the literally thousands of eggs that are used, the event went smoothly, and everyone had a good time.
The egg hunt began at 1 p.m. with a few words and the pledge of allegiance, followed by staff members dancing on the platform in the middle. Children were registered in one of the age groups: walking to 2, 3 to 4, 5 to 6, 7 to 8, or 9 to 10. Each group went in order from youngest to oldest with walking to 2, 5 to 6, and 9 to 10 hunting on the south lawn, and 3 to 4 and 7 to 8t using the north lawn.
After each age group has their turn, a prize drawing takes place with those pulled from the hat winning one of more than 300 gifts that were donated by local businesses. Prizes are divided by age group and sex. Some of the prizes included a boy’s and girl’s bikes; Cincinnati Reds, Kings Island, Tecumseh, and COSI tickets; and Cincinnati Bengals pictures autographed by Domata Peko, Andy Dalton, and A.J. Green. Every participating child also received a treat bag, so no one walked away empty handed.
The Easter Bunny was also available to sit with children for pictures, when he wasn’t occasionally dancing on stage or helping the staff.
If you missed the event, don’t worry. The Wilson Children’s Home has no plans to stop this wonderful tradition, and they look forward to seeing you next year.