On Saturday we attended the annual Rutland Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the Leinen family. They have been doing this event for several years and it always seems to be bigger and better than the last. This year, once again, the event was held in the Hall due to the flooding at the Sanderson Field. The setting also seems to make it more inviting for kids, parents, grandparents, and other residents who watch the kids. There are always refreshments and homemade goodies to help pass the time leading up to the serious activity.
This year, 30 children participated in the Hunt – kids from Rutland, Forman, Havana and other nearby towns and as far away as Texas. The young toddlers always get a head start at 10:00 a.m. and they cleared out the entry to the Hall where eggs were on the railings and along the floor leading to the main entrance. Then, the older kids came running into the Hall and quickly finished clearing the floor and “bunny huts” of the plastic eggs – all 526 colored eggs strewn around the Hall.
After the hunt, the drawings were held for numerous prizes and games. Three “big” prizes were also awarded. The two bicycles were won by Braden Siemieniewski and Eli Donaldson; the bocce ball set was won by Tyler Banish.
Thanks to Jerry and Jeanne Leinen, Shari and Jim Brown and all the Leinen family members for another successful Egg Hunt. It was a fun (and quick) event but it brings a glimmer of hope that Spring really is not that far behind.