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No body checking, only candy and hugs: Egg hunt a success

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Catherine W. Idzerda
Sunday, April 8, 2012
— In several parts of the United States, Easter egg hunts have been canceled due to overzealous parents and older children with entitlement issues.

At Saturday’s Easter egg hunt on the Lincoln-Tallman Restoration grounds in Janesville, organizers were not obliged to flag participants for illegal contact, holding, or bunny-ear-to-bunny-ear hits.

Occasionally, an adoring younger sibling would leg-hug an older sibling, causing embarrassed eye-rolling, but that can hardly be classified as bad behavior.

The event, which is organized by the St. William Knights of Columbus, is supported by the Westgate Business Association, the Rock County Historical Society and other area businesses. This is the third year that group has run the event.

“It gets bigger every year,” said Jere Johnson of the Knights of Columbus.

Last year, organizers gave out between 450 and 500 goodie bags. This year it will be closer to 650.

Its success is due to efforts of the organizers to give all children an equal share of the loot.

Instead of spreading candy-filled plastic eggs throughout the grounds, they placed empty eggs. Then, kids would turn in the eggs they collected and get a goodie-bag filled with age-appropriate treats.

Larry Langer, a member of the St. William Knights, looked like he was flinging a hay bale rather that a 32-gallon plastic garbage can full of eggs. He’d swing the can around in the air, and an arc of colored eggs would cascade through the air and on to the grass.

Little kids, seeing the flying rainbow of eggs had to be restrained from making false starts onto the field.

Some kids tore out onto the field and frantically collected eggs.

Others just gamboled around grinning, as though the pleasure of sharing a sunny day with a bunch of other kids was the best thing ever.

Lyla Vobain, 3, of Janesville, was earnestly focused on her egg collecting.

Her younger brother, Cayson Vobain, 1, Janesville, seemed to understand that there was something fun going on, but wasn’t sure how it was connected to these round things in the grass.

Ella Roherty, 21 months, Janesville, sported pink sneakers, pink tights, a pink-and-white polka-dotted sweater and a taffeta camouflage skirt. Ella tottered around, smiling and occasionally announcing the color of the egg in her hand.

“Red,” she’d declare, to no one in particular.

Leah Moore, 3, had an open package of animal crackers in her hand and a temporary tattoo of an Easter egg on her cheek.

Like little Ella, she was dressed to the nines, and her elaborate hairstyle drew compliments from strangers.

Leah took these comments in stride, continued to walk happily in circles, spinning her dress around.

Her brother, Ezekial Moore, 10, had been deputized to pick up eggs for her.

When asked if he was a good older brother, Leah’s face lit up, and she said, “Yes!”

Last updated: 8:11 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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