SHEFFIELD LAKE - Children through age 12 can get a head start filling their Easter baskets at the 4th annual Easter Egg Extravaganza at noon Saturday at Gary Green Memorial Park, 4816 Richelieu Ave.
Volunteer event planner and resident Julia Mohrbach said the hunt organizes children by age groups. In addition, kids can take pictures with the Easter Bunny, participate in an egg toss for prizes or make bunny ear headbands at a craft table.
Homemade baked goods and bottled water will be available for sale. Local businesses donated items for a Chinese raffle. Proceeds will help pay for next year's event, Mohrbach said.
Mohrbach created the event in 2016 as a requirement to earn the Girl Scouts’ Gold Award, the group's highest national recognition. She has continued to organize the event since "because I love to see the joy on all the kids’ faces." She also wanted the event to bring local families and the community together.
Several hundred children have participated the past three years, but Mohrbach expects a larger crowd this year because Easter falls late in April.
She is grateful to volunteers who help at the event and businesses that donate items to it, particularly Sheffield Lake Fire Department for serving as a drop-off center for donations. The department helps set up for the event as well. Last week, firefighters along with Mohrbach and nearly a dozen volunteers including high school students earning community service credits for graduation began inserting candy into neon-colored plastic eggs. Standing next to Mohrbach was long-time pal from Girl Scouts Julia Pyle, her boyfriend,Tony Jordan, and her mom. Pyle earned her Gold Award by developing a Christmas party for kids following the annual community tree-lighting ceremony in December. Mohrbach also noted that Sheffield Village Fire Department has always made a significant donation of candy and plastic eggs.
Fire Lt. Brian Davis added that Target donated 2,000 candy-stuffed eggs this year. He believes it is important that firefighters give back to the community in return for "the tremendous support we get from them." He said many kids want to check out the fire apparatus at the egg hunt and they are happy to provide tours. "Who knows?” he said. "There could be a future firefighter in that crowd."
Baked goods, candy or raffle donations may be dropped off through Friday at Sheffield Lake Fire Department, 608 Harris Road.