NORWAY - A tradition for the past 20 years, the Norway Community Easter Egg Hunt will take place at Marion Park on Saturday, April 19 beginning at noon.
This volunteer-driven event is free to the public.
More than 20,000 eggs filled with candy or tickets that match corresponding prizes will await participating children.
Thousands of eager youngsters line up for the Norway Community Easter Egg Hunt in 2012. This year’s hunt will be held on Saturday at Marion Park.
Children will be divided into four age groups: birth through three, four and five, six and seven, and eight through 10. Approximately 800 prizes are assigned to each group, with 22 additional grand prizes available.
Grand prizes include Big Wheel bikes, pool parties, and 16-inch to 26-inch bicycles.
Organizer Becky Kleikamp said that volunteers have been busy with this event for the past few months. She added that donors have been very generous this year.
"I cannot say enough about how generous the community has been when it comes to the Easter Egg Hunt, as it is them who make this all possible," said Kleikamp. "It is always very rewarding for us to see the thousands of energized children who are awaiting that special eggs prize."
Due to the large amount of participants expected, organizers ask that children start lining up at noon. Children are encouraged to dress accordingly and bring their own baskets.
The countdown will start at 1 p.m., when children will begin collecting as many eggs as they can.
All prizes must be claimed by 3 p.m. on the day of the event. Please return all empty eggs to the boxes provided.
Parental assistance is only allowed in the birth through three age group. One parent may accompany each child, but organizers ask that parents refrain from collecting eggs.
"We do have many complaints in the 0-3 group every year of parents collecting the eggs and not letting the children," said Kleikamp. "In the Easter spirit, please let the children have fun and collect the eggs."
New this year, there will be a gift basket drawing that requires a minimum $5 donation as a registration fee. Funds raised will be put toward next year's hunt.
One gift basket will be for the birth through five age group, and one will be for the six through 10 age group. Children must be present to both register and claim the baskets.
Each basket contains 12 different gift certificates along with other items.
The birth through five basket contains certificates from Superior Bagel, Main Street Pizza, Norway Mercantile, Dobber's Pasty, Pizza Hut, Papa Murphy's, Dairy Queen, Subway, Arby's, Hardee's, and McDonald's.
The six through 10 basket contains certificates from Grayson & Co. Jewelers, Bianco's, Pasty Oven, Pizza Hut, Thomas Theatre, Papa Murphy's, Dairy Queen, Subway, Arby's, Dobber's Pasty, and Wendy's.
The drawing for the gift baskets will be done at 1 p.m. while the children are collecting their eggs. Winners will be posted on the pavilion.
Once all grand prizes are claimed, organizers ask that the winners, including gift basket winners, remain by the pavilion for a picture.
Anyone who has questions or would like to make a donation can contact Kleikamp at (906) 563-7289.