Hundreds celebrate Easter, hunt for eggs in Coon Rapids

Eager to gather up Easter treats and hoping to find a secretly hidden certificate, some 300 kids scrambled into a patch of woods for a day-before-Easter Easter egg hunt April 19.

Staff from Coon Rapids Culver’s restaurant scattered hundreds of colorful plastic eggs among the trees for the event. Most of the eggs had candy treats inside, but two of the eggs held certificates entitling the finder to claim one of two brand new bicycles – grand prize for the Easter egg hunt.

Avery Roerick, age 10, and Makena Brandt, age 2, turned out to be the bicycle winners, but fun was had by all, thanks to a variety of activities presented inside and outside Culver’s during the pre-Easter event.

Coon Rapids firefighters stopped by with a ladder truck and invited children to climb aboard for a photo op. The Spring Lake Park Leos donated dozens of children’s books, free for the taking. Three artists were on hand, offering face painting for boys and girls. And musician Jessie Smelter strummed his guitar and entertained the crowd with lively musical selections.

Parents accompany the littlest egg hunters (ages 2-6) as they scramble into the wooden area in search of the Easter treats scattered there. Sporting her own furry bunny ears and a lacy purple tutu, 2-year-old Adelyn Olson fills her bag with Easter egg treats during the April 19 Easter egg hunt at the Coon Rapids Culver’s. Elijah Anderson finds a candy treasure inside the plastic Easter eggs he gathered during the day-before-Easter Easter egg hunt. Older kids (ages 7-10) race into the woods ready to gather hundreds of Easter eggs hidden behind Coon Rapids Culver’s restaurant for the April 19 event. Avery Roerick, 10, and Makena Brandt, 2, pose atop bicycles they won after finding secret certificates hidden inside plastic Easter eggs they gathered during the April 19 Easter egg hunt. Aeriel Jaspers smiles as face painter Brittany Kaser puts the finishing glittering touches on a pink bunny painted on the 9-year-old’s cheek during the April 19 Easter egg hunt event staged at the Coon Rapids Culver’s restaurant. Photos by Sue Austreng
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Aeriel Jaspers smiles as face painter Brittany Kaser puts the finishing glittering touches on a pink bunny painted on the 9-year-old’s cheek during the April 19 Easter egg hunt event staged at the Coon Rapids Culver’s restaurant. Photos by Sue Austreng

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