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Easter Egg Hunts drive kids nuts

K.C. Moore, 6 and Spencer Moore, 7 of Pine River received Easter hats and an apple from among the goody bag items received by children at the annual Backus American Legion Easter Party.1 / 13
Submitted Photo Children gather around the Easter Bunny on Saturday, April 15, at the annual Easter egg hunt at the Nisswa American Legion.2 / 13
The youngest child to visit Peter Cottontail was eight-day-old Sarah Grace Humphrey of Pine River along with mother, Heather and sister Alaina, 5.3 / 13
As with any year, the Forbes Park Easter Egg hunt in Pine River featured competition to find illusive resurrection eggs with symbols of the Passion and resurrection of Jesus.4 / 13
Submitted Photo Children and their parents rush to gather eggs at the annual Easter egg hunt at the Nisswa American Legion.5 / 13
Kids and their adults line up to exchange easter eggs for prize tickets at the annual Backus American Legion Easter party.6 / 13
As with any year, the Forbes Park Easter Egg hunt in Pine River featured competition to find illusive resurrection eggs with symbols of the Passion and resurrection of Jesus.7 / 13
George Stockman, 8 of Backus, heads towards the prize table with his collection of Easter eggs.8 / 13
Debren Popkes, 12 of Pine River, holds up her "bunny cow" she won angling in the fish pond at the annual Backus American Legion Easter party.9 / 13
Olivia Fox, 8 of Hastings, posed with Peter Cottontail at the annual Backus Legion Auxiliary Kids Easter Party while visiting with area relatives.10 / 13
Submitted Photo The Easter Bunny stands amongst eggs before the annual hunt at the Nisswa American Legion.11 / 13
Families gathered at Forbes Park in Pine River to hunt easter eggs at the annual egg hunt.12 / 13
Families gathered at Forbes Park in Pine River to hunt easter eggs at the annual egg hunt.13 / 13

Families ventured to area communities Saturday, April 15, so their children could participate in annual Easter egg hunts.

At Forbes Park in Pine River, a large crowd of eager egg hunters was present and kids from infants to age 12 found over 4,000 colorful eggs.

The event is sponsored each year by the Pine River area faith community with Lisa Walker heading up the committee of egg "hiders." The Pine River Bakery provided free Easter cookies for the hunters.

Special "resurrection" eggs were hidden, and those who found them received special prize baskets.

In Backus, more than 80 children, plus accompanying adults, got a visit from Peter Cottontail, hunted Easter eggs, played games and received goody bags at the annual Backus American Legion Auxiliary Kids Easter Party.

The record crowd enjoyed a complimentary lunch, and children received prizes for their eggs and for participating in ring toss and Velcro ball games and casting a line in a fish pond.

Apples, pencils and candy were stocked in their goody bags and the children ate hot dogs, chips, punch and cookies. The event was jointly sponsored by the Legion post and its Auxiliary unit.

Easter eggs were also held at the Trailside Center at Pequot Lakes Baptist Church, Nisswa American Legion, Crosslake U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Recreation Area, Emily City Hall and Fritz Loven Park in Lake Shore.

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