Annual event will take place later this month at Milo McIver State Park later this month

FILE PHOTO - On Saturday, March 31, there will be an Easter egg hunt on horseback at Milo McIver State Park.

Easter is typically about bunnies, but one event at Milo McIver State Park is focusing on another animal.

The seventh annual Easter egg hunt on horseback, sponsored by the North Valley chapter of Oregon Equestrian Trails, will take place from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at the park, 24101 S. Entrance Road.

"There are egg hunts all around, and someone had the idea to do it by horseback," said Rebecca Duren, a member of the Oregon Equestrian Trails North Valley chapter. "It's a great way to spend the day out in the fresh air with fun family activities."

During the event, plastic eggs filled with goodies are hung from trees along Milo McIver's equestrian trails. In addition to trails designated for children and adult riders and their horses, there is also a traditional egg hunt for those who are unable to participate on horseback.

The event appeals to both those who ride horses and those who do not.

"There are always horses being petted by those who don't have them," Duren said. "It's a lot of fun."

The egg hunt is open to anyone interested. Each year, organizers invite those who are camping at the park. Though there is no fee to participate, donations are accepted.

Duren estimated that around 80 people attended the event last year.

"There was a really great turnout," she said. "The equestrian parking lot was packed."

She and her fellow members of the Oregon Equestrian Trails North Valley chapter are eager to inform those interested about the group's work and mission.

"(The egg hunt is) a way to spend a day at the park and learn about the trails and what the North Valley Chapter does," Duren said.

At Milo McIver State Park, the North Valley chapter of the organization donated funds for the picnic shelter near the park's equestrian trails. Additionally, members of the group help maintain trails for horses at the park.

If you go

What: Easter egg hunt on horseback.

When: Noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 31.

Where: Milo McIver State Park, 24101 S. Entrance Road..

Cost: The event is free to participate in, and donations are accepted. There is a $5 parking fee at Milo McIver.

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