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Langton Easter Egg Hunt avoids the rain

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Langton Firefighters Auxiliary’s 30th annual Easter Egg Hunt on Friday, April 19 at the Langton Community Centre featured almost everything a traditional Good Friday Langton Easter Egg Hunt would have – six gift basket prizes for each of the three 12-and-under age groups, raffle prizes, and chocolate for every child.

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For the 30th anniversary event, Zehrs Tillsonburg donated towards special Kinder Surprise eggs for every child. Langton Firefighters Auxiliary’s added two extra prizes to the draw table – a pair of $100 gift cards.

“It was our 30th, we had to do something bigger this year,” said Carrie Holbrook from the Langton Firefighters Auxiliary.

The only thing missing was ‘the hunt.’ Friday’s Easter Egg Hunt was held inside the community centre rather than on the grassy fields of the Langton Lions Sports Park.

“Wednesday we decided to come here to the hall because of the weather that was coming in,” said Holbrook. “We didn’t know if it was going to rain or not, but 90 per cent (rain)… we decided to come in.”

“And it was very wet because of all the recent rain,” said Langton Firefighters Auxiliary’s Melissa Pettman. “It’s pretty soggy out there.”

“We didn’t want the kids crawling around on the wet grass,” said Holbrook.

Children and parents waited patiently while the draw prize winners were announced, followed by raffle prizes. When the estimated 300 children went home Friday, each was given a bag of foil-wrapped chocolate and Kinder egg.

“At least 300 children,” said Pettman. “It was full.”

“I think it went over pretty well…” said Holbrook, but quickly added, “Much prefer being outside.”

“The kids seemed happy – they’re always happy when you’re giving them chocolate,” said Pettman. “But I think they missed the running around.”

“And playing outside,” Holbrook nodded.

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“That’s a big thing because they want to get outside and just run…” said Pettman.

“To see who can get the most eggs,” Holbrook smiled. “That’s the whole thing, the competition.”

“And finding the eggs for the special baskets, right?” said Pettman. “If they’re looking for the special eggs, then they’re out there hunting. That’s what they look forward to, I think.”

It was only the third time the event has been indoors in 30 years – it was at the Langton fire hall on both earlier occasions.

“Many, many years ago,” said Holbrook, trying to remember the last time it was inside. “Twelve maybe? A long time ago.”

“Quite a few years ago,” said Pettman. “Maybe 12.”

Langton Firefighters Auxiliary had 18,000 foil-wrapped chocolate eggs to hand out Friday, but because they did not have an exact number of participants they were conservative handing out one bag of eggs to make sure no one went home empty-handed.

“If we gave everybody two bags, would there be enough for everybody?” Holbrook wondered.

As it turned out, with approximately 29-30 small chocolate eggs per bag, it would have been very close. And they would have ran out with more than 300 children.

Holbrook said they would likely ask Port Rowan Easter Egg Hunt organizers if the leftover chocolate was needed for their hunt Saturday.

“Donate it to them because it’s still the (Norfolk) fire department… maybe that’s what we should do with it?”

“That’s a good idea,” Pettman nodded.

Sponsors of this year’s Langton Firefighters Auxiliary Easter Egg Hunt included Jimmi Jons Langton, Langton Lions, Langton CWL, Langton Firefighters, Langton Institute, Walsingham Institute, Langton Knights of Columbus, Long Point Lioness, BMO Langton and Zehrs Tillsonburg.

Weather permitting, they plan to go back outside next year on Good Friday.

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