A community Easter egg hunt took place at Kemmerer’s Archie Neal Park on Saturday, April 16, and the entire park was filled with Easter eggs, each one containing candy or a special prize.
In the last couple of years, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Easter Egg hunt that usually is held at Daimondville Park and hosted by the Kemmerer Chamber has been canceled. But with help from the community, including a combination of volunteers and local businesses, the event for this year was a success.
The event was originated by Shauna Ridgeway, who made a post on Facebook for a community-sponsored Easter egg hunt for the children in Kemmerer, Diamondville and surrounding areas. Within days of the April 7 post, it was being shared on the Community Board for Kemmerer and Diamondville Facebook page.
A large number of children, sectioned out by age, attended the event. Easter eggs filled the entire park, but they were gone in less than 20 minutes, leaving only a couple of empty candy wrappers in their wake.
A select few got special prizes, such as Easter baskets, NERF guns, or even chalk bundles. Most of these gifts were donated by the community.
There was even a special guest, the Easter bunny. He was posing for photos with children, helping them find eggs and giving away candy.
“We live in a great community,” Ridgeway said when asked about the event.
After kids and families had gotten their fill of eggs, most left as a few who did stay played on the playground or ran across the fields where the eggs were stashed, hoping to find more.