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52nd Woodstock Easter Egg Hunt: 9,000 Eggs Await Little Hunters

An Easter egg hunt billed as Woodstock’s biggest and longest-running is returning to Emricson Park this year with a little extra help.

For the first time, the Annual Woodstock Easter Egg Hunt is being cosponsored by the Woodstock Jaycees and the newly formed Kiwanis Club of Woodstock. Previously, the event was sponsored entirely by the Jaycees.

“It’s pretty exciting, because the Jaycees have been running Easter egg hunts for the past 52 years,” said Kevin Dwyer, president of the Kiwanis Club of Woodstock. “The egg hunt, as far as we know, is the largest and longest-running egg hunt in Woodstock.”

The Kiwanis Club of Woodstock was chartered in May 2015, seven years after its predecessor folded.

Dwyer said a group of about 20 volunteers, including students in the Key Club service organization at Marian Central Catholic High School, have been working on the event, which will feature about 9,000 eggs awaiting happy hunters in three separate age groups: 0 to 3, 4 to 6 and 7 to 10.

A couple thousand people are expected to attend, according to Dwyer.

“We’re going to have a lot more help this year,” Dwyer said. “I think it’s going to have a lot of turnout.”

In addition to the egg hunt, attendees also can play games, have their photo taken with the Easter Bunny, buy food from vendors and donate canned goods to the Woodstock Food Pantry.

Admission to the event is free.

The Annual Woodstock Easter Egg Hunt begins at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 19, at Emricson Park, 1313 Kishwaukee Valley Road. Registration begins at noon March 19. A rain date has been set for Saturday, March 26.

To preregister online, visit http://goo.gl/forms/wTEiYxbwdn. Preregistration is encouraged but not required.

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