Easter egg hunt is fun for children, useful for organizations

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Shelly Birkelo
Sunday, March 31, 2013

— A hoppin' good time was happening Saturday morning on the grounds of the Lincoln-Tallman House.

Lines of hundreds of eager children accompanied by adults formed to join in the Easter egg hunt. Then the participants spread out to other areas where more lines assembled so pictures could be taken with the Easter Bunny, who sat in a rattan-chair throne on the porch of the historic house at 440 N. Jackson St.

Children also gathered around a table where they guessed the number of jelly beans inside a glass jar.

Jackson Weis, 5, of Janesville, guessed there were 1,000 jelly beans in the jar “cause there's a lot'' in it, he said.

If he's right, he wins the jar and its contents.

Other lines formed to get fake tattoos, to pick up goodie baskets at the Egg Exchange Center, and in age groups to be released for the highlight of the day—the Easter egg hunt.

“Are you ready for the Easter egg hunt?” yelled a member of the St. William Knights of Columbus through a megaphone.

“All right, here we go! Nice and easy. There's plenty of eggs,'' he shouted.

Logan Bykowicz, 5, of Ann Arbor, Mich., was the first of the 5- and 6-year-olds to approach the ground, which was covered with hundreds of pastel-colored plastic eggs.

“I already got a lot,” he said, grabbing and throwing the eggs into his Easter basket.

“I'm collecting golden eggs,” he said, as he held up an egg of that color and showed his dad, who was videotaping him.

Nearby, Aiden Steinke, 4, and his sister Emma Steinke, 6, of Janesville were playing a game of beanbag toss.

“I filled up my whole entire basket,” Emma said.

Emma continued to enjoy the day by hopping up and down to the music of “The Bunny Hop” and dancing to the music of the “Chicken Dance” blaring from the disc jockey's loudspeakers.

Later, she got a “tattoo” of a glittery Easter Bunny on her forearm.

“I really wanted something cool on my arm,” she said.

Emma's mother, Chris Steinke, said the morning's event was nice for children to get out and do things now that the weather was finally spring- like—52 degrees under a partly sunny sky.

Her father Steve Steinke also appreciated the fact that the event was not commercialized and that it gave the couple an opportunity to instill the importance of community support by making a donation to ECHO, the Janesville church-sponsored charity.

More than 75 pounds of food was donated.

Saturday's event, which also included face painting, was sponsored by the Westgate Business Association, Home & Pro Electronics, Rock County Historical Society, St. William Knights of Columbus, Alternative PC Services Photography and ECHO.

The Knights prepared 650 goodie bags filled with donations from throughout the community. Knights' spokesman Jere Johnson said about 550 children attended.

The event brought in families and younger audiences to get them reconnected to the Lincoln-Tallman House campus, said Mike Reuter, Rock County Historical Society executive director.

“This goes hand-in-hand with the society's new strategic plan of partnering with local nonprofits,” he said.

“We are all smaller institutions with limited resources. So being able to pool resources and put together events like this benefits us and the community.”

Last updated: 8:15 am Monday, April 29, 2013

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