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Great Prescott Easter Egg Hunt bigger than ever

The Great Prescott Easter Egg Hunt 2015
Photo by Matt Hinshaw.

The Great Prescott Easter Egg Hunt 2015

Hop on down to Courthouse Plaza next weekend and celebrate Easter with The Great Prescott Easter Egg Hunt, Saturday, March 26, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The second year the event has been put on by Steve Gottlieb of Eagle Management and Events, it promises to be bigger and better this year with more than 20,000 Easter Eggs and 50 golden tickets.

At last year’s Easter Egg Hunt, only a handful of kids were allowed out at a time to pick up eggs, with the kids only able to receive two eggs each. Some stood in line for 45 minutes and found that when they got to the front of the line, the eggs were gone. Said restrictions were due to learning how to run an Easter Egg Hunt as Gottlieb had never run one and wanted to do it safely, he said. He had interviewed several parks and recreation departments in several towns and was told that was how they did it.

“This year, we kind of got a feel of what we’re doing. We’re going to do 20,000 eggs on the south end of the courthouse at 2 p.m.,” he said, noting that the event is sponsored by Northern Arizona Recovery Association, which supplied the eggs. “We’re going to have a mad free-for-all.”

The free-for-all is for kids ages 5 to 12. Those who are under age 5 have their own hunt separate from the bigger kids, Gottlieb said.

Inside 50 of those eggs are Golden Tickets, worth more than a piece of candy or plastic toy, Gottlieb said. Those who get Golden Tickets win such things as pizza from Papa Johns, stuffed animals and frozen yogurt from Frannie’s. The idea came from watching “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” Gottlieb said.

Admission is $5 for a wristband that’s needed for participation.

However, there’s a lot more going on than just the Easter Egg Hunt at 2 p.m. Kids can have their pictures taken with the Easter Bunny from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Christian Academy of Prescott is operating the Hickman Eggs Coloring Booth from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Boy Scout Troop 7006 is operating the Easter Hometown Carnival from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and Flip City Gymnastics has its obstacle course from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Putting the Great Prescott Easter Egg Hunt on for the second year in a row has been a big learning curve, Gottlieb said. Still, he enjoys doing it for the kids.

“Who’s got 20,000 Easter Eggs?” he asked. “I do!”

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