Kids get going at Folsom's Spring EggstravaganzaBy: Margaret Snider, Folsom Lake Entertainer
Families can hunt for eggs this month at Folsom’s annual egg hunt.
Kids from 0 to 10 years old will search for candy-filled eggs at the City of Folsom’s annual egg hunt, from 8-11 a.m., Saturday, March 30 at Lembi Park, 1398 Riley St., Folsom.
This is the 19th annual event, put on by Folsom’s Parks and Recreation Department.
“We stuff over 600 pounds of candy into about 18-20,000 eggs,” said Sarah Trobee, recreation coordinator. “I don’t think anybody leaves with an empty basket.”
Two hundred volunteers fill the eggs the Wednesday before the event, and more volunteers come out the morning of the hunt to put the eggs in place on four baseball fields for four different age groups: 0-2, 3-4, 5-6, and 7-10 years.
“We really try to encourage the parents that this is for the kids – let the kids pick up the eggs, not the parents,” Trobee said.
Vicki and Kris Cook will be attending with their son, Kaeson, 4; they have gone the past three years.
“Last year was the first year that he was able to run out and do it himself, we just kind of stood back and watched,” said Vicki Cook. “The volunteers are really wonderful and helpful and everyone was smiling, giving us snacks. There were magic shows and entertainment and it was just overall a really fun day.”
All the activities are free to the public except for the pancake breakfast put on by the Folsom City Host Lions Club and the professional face painting. The breakfast, which is $4 each or $12 for a family of four, begins at 8:30 and ends just before the egg hunt.
“We have been serving around 400 people a year for the past five years, since I’ve been around,” said Kumar Kalagara, president of the Folsom City Host Lions. “We have been doing it from the beginning – many, many years.”
There is much to do besides the egg hunt.
“Last year we had between 35 and 40 community booths, and also offer something interactive for the kids to do,” Trobee said. “Our Teen Council hosts a free kiddie carnival. We also have two magic shows by Trevor the Magician; we have one that goes before the hunt, and then one that happens after the hunt. We have other activities like a bounce house that’s provided by Brighton Schools.”
Local businesses also supply prize slips that go into the eggs along with the candy. They offer such things for the kids as a child’s free dessert at a restaurant, or a two-for-one, or a free cupcake.
“Last year we had about 9,000 prize slips that went into the eggs along with the candy,” Trobee said.
The egg hunt lasts for probably five to ten minutes according to Vicki Cook.
“It feels like five seconds,” she said. “But there are a lot of things to do for the kids. Last year one group brought animals that you could pet and see, and then you actually have the Easter Bunny walking around taking pictures with kids.”
The cleanup goes really fast, according to Trobee. Volunteers set out egg recycling boxes and have everything taken care of in about an hour.
“This is definitely a community event and one of those we wouldn’t be able to run unless we had volunteers that come out and help every year,” Trobee said.
For more information, call (916) 355-7285.