Makenzie Gash / Staff Writer
With Spring starting and Easter right around the corner, that leads into the fun activities that come with it. One such activity is the Easter Egg Hunt hosted by the city of Stow. This will be taking place on April 9 from 10 am to 1 pm at Silver Springs Park.
Residents can bring friends and family, meet the Easter Bunny and find Easter eggs with treats on the inside. Each family will have their own start time for the Scavenger Hunt and walk from station to station in a small section of the park to find 10 eggs. They will be given a map at the start. Each egg station is hosted by a local organization or a church who will fill their Easter baskets or bags full of treats. At the end of the hunt, they can meet and take pictures with the Easter bunny.
This is a great time to get outside and see friends or family in the warm weather right as it starts to get nicer out. During the hunt and scavenging for eggs, kids run around trying to collect as many of the decorated or colored eggs that pop open and have a surprise in them. In the eggs there is always a treat, which could either be money in dollar bills or tiny candy pieces. There are eggs full of chocolate, mini chapsticks, keychains or dollars.
Hunts have started many years ago and have been a big part of my Easter tradition with my family every year. The morning of Easter, my family and I wake up and go to church, and then come home; then, my sisters and I dye hard-boiled eggs while my parents go outside and hide eggs all over the yard in difficult places. Half an hour later, we go out and race to find them. No matter what you get, the hunt is still fun and makes parents happy. Any time is always is quality spending time with family and friends.
Easter egg hunts have been going on for many years. The custom of the Easter egg hunt, however, comes from Germany. The origins date back to the late 16th century, when the Protestant reformer Martin Luther organised egg hunts for his congregation. The men would hide the eggs for the women and children to find. Then, over the years, the storyline has adjusted to be a more fun and modern day activity.
Community members can carry on this tradition by attending Stow’s egg hunt on April 9 or by organizing hunts of their own.