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Easter Egg Hunt with Peter Cottontail delivers fun for families

It was an egg-cellent time to be a kid Saturday, March 24, during the Frankfort Jaycees and the Frankfort Park District’s annual Easter Egg Hunt with Peter Cottontail.

The event aimed to bring children and their families together for an afternoon of fun.

“It’s a very cold, windy day, and we’re actually surprised how many kids came out today,” said Liz Gonzalez, a member of the Frankfort Jaycees. “It was a very good turnout, considering the weather.”

The tradition of the egg hunt this year remained intact with the way organizers had planned it in the past.

There were about 2,000 eggs for the children to collect during the event this time around.

“We give out 16 baskets,” Gonzalez said. “We make 500 bags of candy at the event.”

All of the Easter baskets were donated by Frankfort Jaycees members and distributed to select participants in the egg hunt.

Frankfort resident Tammy Frye was watching on as her children ate the candy they earned from participating in the egg hunt.

“In his basket, [Tommy Frye] got a lot of eggs in it,” she said, noting that he earned a basket.

It has become a tradition for Frye and her family to come out for the egg hunt.

“His sister’s [age] 21, and we’ve been coming that many years,” she said.

Frye said the Easter holiday truly is a family affair for them.

“We go to the dog [egg hunt,]” she said. “He’s in the car.”

Frye said Easter is a really important time in her family.

“Everybody comes from all the different states and comes,” she said. “We rent a clubhouse, and everybody gets together. We have our own little egg hunt [there.]”

Gonzalez said the meaning of the holiday brings great meaning to many, and it entices people to come out.

“I think everybody’s in the Easter spirit,” Gonzalez said.

Frankfort resident Pooja Bahtt, joined by her son Rishaun Bahtt and her husband Mihir Bahtt, were motivated to participate in the egg hunt.

“[Rishaun] goes to kindergarten, and [we] get the Park District handouts,” she said of how she heard about the egg hunt.

This year was Bahtt’s first time attending the event held at Commissioner’s Park. She said she thinks and she and her family enjoyed all of what the Easter egg hunt aimed to offer.

“It’s a little cold, but if it was warmer, they would’ve had a better time,” Bahtt said. “He got a little baggy with goodies.”

Bahtt said getting into the Easter spirit is always fun from a social standpoint.

Bahtt intends to return to the event with her family next year.

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