On the Saturday before Easter Sunday, April 16, the Apalachicola Community Easter Egg Hunt will return to its traditional format at the Chapman Botanical Gardens.
Children between the ages of 2 and 12 are invited to hunt for more than 2,000 candy-stuffed eggs during the hunt, which gets underway promptly at 9:30 a.m.
The Easter Bunny is slated to make a special appearance at the event, co-hosted by Apalachicola Main Street and Bring Me a Book Franklin.
“We’re pleased to bring back this cherished annual tradition for local families,” said Augusta West, Main Street’s executive director. “Last year the event was adapted to the more socially distanced Bunny Hop Bingo due to the pandemic. The children loved it, but we’re excited to be able to hold the traditional gathering this year.”
Children will be divided into age groups, with each group assigned their own hunt area on the grounds of the gardens, on Market Street, adjacent to the Orman House Historic State Park.
Within each hunt area will be hundreds of hidden eggs filled with candy, and one special golden egg that can be turned in for a gift basket.
Each child will receive a raffle ticket drawings after the hunt of prizes, that will include scooters, toys, and other gifts. Bring Me a Book Franklin volunteers will give each child a free age-appropriate book to take home.
Children should bring their own baskets, buckets or bags for the eggs they find. There will be bags available to anyone who forgets.
The egg hunt is supported with sponsorships, and monetary and prize donations each year from Duke Energy, Tabernacle of Faith, Dollar General, Apalachicola Main Street, and individual donors. Dozens of volunteers take part.
To donate, or to take part as a volunteer, please contact Apalachicola Main Street at 844-272-2523 or [email protected]