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East Multnomah County celebrates Easter weekend with fun-filled egg hunts for kids

OUTLOOK PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - Children ages 3-9 celebrated Easter Weekend with an egg hunt Saturday morning, March 31, in Wood Village. The Easter Bunny visited East Multnomah County for a weekend of sunshine and fun. Families enjoyed the holiday with Easter egg hunts across the region on Saturday, March 31, and Sunday, April 1.

In Wood Village, the city hosted its most ambitious hunt yet in honor of the 30th anniversary milestone. Volunteers from the community helped hide more than 30,000 candy-filled eggs across Donald L. Robertson Park, 24300 N.E. Halsey St. Children ages 3-9 participated in the race for the eggs.

OUTLOOK PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - Nine-month-old Karsyn Berg meets the Easter Bunny for the first time during the Wood Village Easter Egg Hunt. The Saturday celebration included a visit from the Easter Bunny, free giveaways, face painting, arts and crafts, and, of course, plenty of family fun.

"My favorite part of doing this is seeing all the kids smile," said Wood Village Mayor Tim Clark. "I like to walk around with a bag of extra eggs in case anyone missed out."

The 30,000 eggs were the most the city has ever distributed. In addition to the fields for each age group, there was also a special needs hunt. As all the kids ran around looking for eggs, their parents and older siblings cheered them on from the sidelines.

OUTLOOK PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - Three-year-old Philemon celebrates a successful Easter Egg Hunt Saturday morning, March 31, in Wood Village. "This is something we can do for the community every year," said Greg Dirks, the event coordinator. "I used to hunt this as a kid, so its special now being able to help keep it going."

Meanwhile, on Easter Sunday, cloudy skies and a cool breeze didn't dampen the spirits of the crowd gathered at Main City Park in Gresham for the 16th annual egg hunt hosted by City Park Church.

Last year's festivities brought in close to 500 children for the hunt, said City Park Church Pastor Bob Trombi, a record number for the affair. To make sure there was plenty to search for, volunteers spent three days filling 15,000 plastic eggs with candy and tickets for Easter baskets stuffed with bigger prizes.

"Last year, we were overwhelmed," Trombi said, "so we actually upped the number of the eggs this year. And we were very lucky because the firefighters — since they don't do their egg hunt anymore — gave us a bunch of their eggs."

OUTLOOK PHOTO: ANNE ENDICOTT - Eighteen-month-old Lucy Hendrickson gathers quite a basket of candy-filled eggs at City Park Churchs 16th annual Easter Egg Hunt Sunday, April 1, at Main City Park in Gresham.The grass in Main City Park may have been a little soggy from earlier rain, but that didn't deter the egg hunters from staking their claim outside the taped barrier for their age group, ready to run when the signal to "go" was given.

Little ones, age birth to 36 months got a little help picking up eggs from mom or dad. Many carried baskets bigger than they were and several donned their best Easter dresses and bow ties.

The Easter celebration continued at City Park Church on East Powell Boulevard, with worship services followed by family activities afterward.

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