OSKALOOSA — Need your yard cleaned? Fill it with Easter eggs filled with cash and prizes, advertise and several hundred youngsters will get the job done in a few minutes. Need proof? Check out next year’s Bank Iowa Easter Egg Hunt.
Bank Iowa has hosted the event for the past 15 years and the event continues to grow. Held on the lot that used to house K-Mart across from the bank on Third Avenue East, an estimated 300 children showed up to hunt for the eggs. Bank Iowa had provided various amounts of money in the eggs. Thirteen area businesses and organizations also provided prizes.
The event had all the necessary elements — including a visit by the Easter Bunny. He or she was a big hit with the youngsters as they gathered around to hug, shake hands and have their pictures taken with the star of the show.
“We have been doing the hunt for about 15 years,” said Bank Iowa representative and coordinator Vicki Jones. “We added more eggs this year so we have about 4,500. Bank Iowa provides the eggs and cash prizes, but our other sponsors provide additional prizes. They are on slips of paper in some of the eggs.”
To assist in managing the hunt, Mahaska Masters 4-H Club members assist in set-up and helping the youngsters. Sponsors include Mahaska Drug, Slumberland, Crouse’s, Dollar General, Breadeaux Pisa, Tyler Groenendyk Racing, Orscheln, KISS-FM, and Oskaloosa First Assembly of God; also, Imagine the Possibilities, Champion Storage & Signs and Wyndell Campbell State Farm.
The event was staged by gridding off the area based on age groups. The hunt is conducted for children ages 1-10.