Culver’s of Coon Rapids hosts egg hunt for 10th year

Culver’s of Coon Rapids hosted its 10th annual Easter egg hunt for children Saturday morning.

Kennedy Famoso, 1, held by his father, Eric, checks out his bag full of Easter eggs.

Kennedy Famoso, 1, held by her father, Eric, checks out her bag full of Easter eggs.

The hunt, which was split into two age groups – under six and ages six through 10 – took place in Parkside Park, which is adjacent to the restaurant.

Culver’s owner Jim Hannay started the Easter egg hunt 10 years ago as a way of giving back and thanking the community for their support of the restaurant, which is located at Coon Rapids and Foley boulevards.

“We wanted to do something for the community,” Hannay said.

The hunt has grown since those early days with several thousand plastic Easter eggs scattered in two taped-off areas of the city park Saturday.

Inside all the eggs was candy, but there were also prizes in some of the eggs, according to Becky Thompson, Culver’s community events consultant.

The top prize for each age group was a bicycle.

Clare Kennedy, 3, Coon Rapids, won the under six age group bike, while Drew Oberlander, 10, Coon Rapids, won the six- through 10-year-old age division bike.

In addition, there was a second prize of a compact disc (CD) player for each age group as well as other prizes in the eggs besides the candy.

Inside the restaurant, kids could take part in the jelly bean counting contest with the child whose guess was closest to the actual number taking home the jelly beans, Thompson said.

Other prizes in the jelly bean counting contest were four desserts at Culver’s and a stuffed bunny.

Artist Shirley Gould painted the faces of children as she does every Tuesday night during kids evening at Culver’s.

And the Spring Lake Park High School Leos Club donated new and gently-used books, which were placed on a table inside Culver’s for children to take with them.

The Leos club also provides free books for children during the weekly kids’ evening at Culver’s, Thompson said.

Live music was provided by Jesse Smelter.

Outside Culver’s was a Coon Rapids Police Department squad car and a large Coon Rapids Fire Department truck for children to explore.

And the balloons that were on the roof of Culver’s for the Saturday morning event were supplied by Balloons Galore and More.

Peter Bodley is at [email protected]

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