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EGG-FREE FUN FOR ALL

Above: Two-and-a-half-year-old Mia Wang accepts a packet of jelly beans from Dad at her first-ever Easter egg hunt. Wang was one of 500 to participate in North Liberty’s annual candy dash Saturday, April 8, at the rec center.

North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– Outside, finally.
After two consecutive years of packing the North Liberty Recreation Center gyms with candy, kids and their parents, the city’s annual Easter egg hunt was graced with nice weather.
“It was great to be outdoors for a welcome change,” said North Liberty Recreation Director Shelly Simpson.
While the event is usually in March, a later Easter holiday pushed the egg hunt (a misnomer, as no eggs are involved) to April, and– consequently– warmer, dryer conditions.
The extra space allowed the 500 or so participants to spread out, and finding the individually wrapped pieces of candy in the grass was an extra challenge for the little ones, Simpson said.
Being in the open air also led to a longer event.
“When held inside it takes about five minutes for all the candy to vanish,” said Simpson. This year’s event, held last Saturday, April 8, on the lawn east of the rec center, lasted about 20 minutes.
Ages five and under dominated the play, with about 400 in attendance. A hundred or so older kids and all the parents made for at most 1,000– typical turnout for the mad, candy dash.
“You always worry when setting up if you have enough candy for everyone and being outdoors it never looks like enough but by the looks of baskets or bags this year, kids again walked away with a large amount of candy,” said Simpson.