Phew! We’ve been busy all week preparing for our annual Easter Egg Hunt. When Isaac and I decided to start this family tradition, we never dreamed it would grow into what it has – 600 kids over two hunts. We love providing this event free-of-charge for the Adams and Franklin county communities.
So what have we been doing? Since January, our team has been stuffing 10,000 eggs with chocolate and taffy. You can imagine they had some blistered fingers! Our grounds crew has been cleaning up from winter, getting everything ready to be trampled by hundreds of feet. (No worries, everything bounces back like new.) And Isaac and I, we’ve been hiring 25 people to staff the event, planning prizes, mapping the property for the best traffic flow, making signs, booking entertainment and a whole lot more. And tomorrow I’ll take to the kitchen to prepare a soup and salad lunch for our team to enjoy between hunts.
One thing we haven’t been doing is registration, and we’re ever so thankful. In previous years, I registered 600 kids by email and phone, a harrowing feat when you have to be sure to gather everyone’s ages and last names, too. But this year I got wise to EventBrite, my new favorite website ever. Everything has gone so smoothly, and my stress has been minimal.
In the end, months of preparation come down to one day of fun. We’ve got parkers, people working the registration tent, people staffing the waiting area, egg layers, human wall folks and our usual friendly faces in the store. Not to mention our balloon and caricature artists and singer. Once the egg hunters are in place and the countdown begins, it literally takes seconds…SECONDS…for those kids to pick up thousands of eggs. The hunt is over so quickly!
When the hunt is just a memory, we pull the team together to discuss successes and challenges. We’re always trying to make the event better every year.
Thanks for being part of the fun!
***Note***Registration for the 2017 is now closed, having reached capacity.