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Harker Heights Evening Star
Harker Heights Evening Star

City holds annual Easter Egg Hunt

City holds annual Easter Egg Hunt

Sara Escobar

Evening Star

The City of Harker Heights and the Parks and Recreation Department hosted its 22nd annual Easter Egg Hunt on Friday, April 14 at the Harker Heights Community Park, located at 1501 E. FM 2410. The event took place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., and invited children aged eight or younger to come out and hunt for eggs amongst the park’s ball fields. The egg hunting officially began at 6:15 p.m.

There was free face painting provided by the Public Library, games, and photos with the Easter Bunny. Local businesses were also in attendance to hand out candy, provide games, and promote various products.

11-month-old Rory Chavez is assisted by her father while searching for Easter Eggs at the 22nd annual Easter Egg Hunt

The Parks & Rec department, with the help of volunteers, spread out 12,000 plastic eggs filled with candy, toys and stickers amid the four baseball fields—one of these eggs contained a prize slip that children also searched for—and the plastic eggs were discarded for recycling upon opening. Each field was divided by age groups, with the fourth being for adaptive children.

The annual event is wonderful year after year, according to Erika Lyn, who brought her four-year-old-son Wyatt Lyn. “This is our second year attending the Easter Egg Hunt, and my son always enjoys looking for eggs and seeing the Easter Bunny.” Although the egg hunt has taken place for over a decade, there are still some first-timers who attend. Alexa Chavez and her husband brought their 11-month-old daughter, Rory Chavez, to participate in the tradition of hunting Easter Eggs. “This was our first year attending, and we had a great time,” said Chavez. “They did an amazing job putting the event together. We really liked that they separated the egg hunts by age, it really made it more fun among the kids.” Chavez came to Killeen in April of 2013 when her husband became stationed at Fort Hood, and notes that she enjoys events that her, her husband and her young daughter can all enjoy.

In addition to city volunteers, personnel from the HH Fire and Police Department, eateries such as Texas Roadhouse and May the Cheese Be with You, and Title Boxing Club in Killeen were also in attendance.

Recreation and Events Coordinator Nichole Broemer, commended staff, volunteers, organizations and businesses for making the event a success in a recent press release. She went on to thank the citizens in the area who supported the event by coming out, and extended an invitation to future events. For more information on upcoming events in Harker Heights, call 254 953 5465.

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