Hundreds of excited children scampered around Copy Park on Saturday afternoon to hunt for eggs and see the Easter Bunny. 

The North Platte Jaycees, joined by Viaero Wireless, hosted their second community egg hunt at the Cody Park softball fields.

Ages 8-10 take off after a NP Police horn sounds. Photo by Chester Smith.

Organizer Danielle Schiel said after North Platte’s VFW Post 1504 had to stop providing a community egg hunt during COVID-19, and the Jaycees decided to step up and host one.

Last year, around 350 children attended. The final count was not in for this year, but they prepared for 500 children. Around 15 volunteers filled 10,000 eggs in their free time during the past month, and 25 people volunteered Saturday to help with setup and takedown, Schiel said.

A separate egg hunt was held for four age groups: 0-2, 3-4, 5-7, and 8-10 years old. Each group hunted on a different softball field. The North Platte Police attended and started the race with one of the cruiser’s air horns.

A few of the 5-7 year olds. Photo by Kristi Smith

The hunt started around 2:17 p.m. after everyone in line was registered. It lasted about five minutes, with children joyfully picking up eggs. Afterwards, a raffle was held to give away 8-10 prizes per age group.

The event is free for the kids. The Easter Bunny also donated his services.

Schiel said the event is funded by donations and fundraisers held by the Jaycees throughout the year.

If you want to donate to next year’s egg hunt, you can contact Danielle Schiel through the North Platte Jaycees Facebook page, by mail at 403 West 10th St., or by phone at 308-539-2577.

More photos by Kristi Smith:

A free photo with the Easter Bunny.

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