The four different age groups of children lined up under a bright blue sky and waited for the “go” signal to claim their eggs Saturday at Lakeshore Park. About 500 kids, ages, 1 to 8-year-olds, received instructions from concerned guardians before they raced into the field of 9,000 plastic dreams to gather up the objects of their desire.
Lori Zebrasky, administrative assistant and activities director, Ashtabula Township Park Commission, starts planning for the hunt in January with the ordering of the plastic eggs.
“The Park Commission purchases all the eggs and prizes for the kids in the community,” Zebrasky said. The prizes include Easter baskets and bicycles.
The age groups were, 1 and 2-year-olds, 3 and 4-year-olds, 5 and 6-year-olds, and 7 and 8-year-olds. Park Commissioners Brian Hubbard, Randy Niemela and vacationing Mike Wayman received help from Heather Fish, Jenna Wayman, Roy Hall, Paige Paneto and Becky Paneto.
The Easter Bunny, aka Lakeside High senior Taylor Paneto, posed for pictures with adoring fans and prize winners.
” Lori Z did a wonderful job,” Niemela said. “It’s all about the kids,” Zebrasky said.
NOTE: Contrary to a published report the kids did not try to devour the plastic eggs.