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City to spread 31,000 candy-filled eggs for this year's hunt at Donald L. Robertson Park

Planning for Wood Village's annual Easter Egg hunt during a City Council meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 12, Greg Dirks, city recorder and festivities planner, had one pressing question for councilors: "How many eggs?"

Councilor Patricia Smith responded she wanted to see 31,000 plastic eggs to surpass last year's record of 30,000 eggs.

For the egg hunt, Wood Village's officials and workers usually spread 15,000 plastic, candy-filled eggs at Donald L. Robertson Park, 24300 N.E. Halsey St., but last year the city ordered 30,000 eggs to celebrate the event's 30th anniversary.

Mayor Scott Harden appreciated seeing children hunt through a gigantic pile of eggs.

"It was kind of cool to see the field essentially carpeted with eggs," Harden said. "And you have fewer criers. Most of the kids coming to us afterwards were a bit more on the greedy side than the shy side because you can't help but get eggs at 30,000."

Smith argued that with another year, another thousand eggs should be added.

Although a few councilors expressed concern at what point should they stop increasing the egg count, leaders still settled on 31,000. OUTLOOK FILE PHOTO - Easter egg hunts such as Wood Villages 26th annual 'Eggslosion' are a popular spring tradition, drawing participants from throughout the region., Gresham Outlook - News East County Easter egg hunts take place April 19, 20 Hop into spring and hunt for treasure

Hopping forward

The April 20 event will be similar to how it's been run in prior years. There will be four hunt categories: 3-to 4-year-olds, 5-to 6-year-olds, and 7- to 9-year-olds.

If a parent has a child who wants to hunt, but doesn't quite fit those age ranges, city officials won't be strictly enforcing age restrictions.

"We don't check ID," Dirks joked.

The city still will order extra candy for the mayor and councilors to hand out to children who don't manage to locate eggs. And because the city started to organize the hunts by age, there have been fewer angry parents and upset children coming up empty handed.

Last year the city spent $3,600 for the 30,000 plastic ovals. With 15,000 eggs, it costs approximately $2,500 for the unstuffed eggs and candy.

"And countless hours to do that work," Dirks noted.

With 30,000 eggs, staff opted to purchase pre-stuffed eggs containing Tootsie rolls, Sprees and caramel chews.

"Last year, someone clicked the wrong button and the eggs only contained Sprees," Dirks said. "There still weren't any complaints. So I'm assuming the assorted (eggs) will be even better."

Mayor Harden noted that kids may not have cared because hunting for eggs is more important than what the eggs are filled with.

Smith interjected, "As long as it's candy, it really doesn't matter."

If you go

What: Wood Village's 31st annual Easter Egg Hunt

Where: Donald Robertson Park, 24300 N.E. Halsey St.

When: 9 a.m., Saturday, April 20

Cost: Free

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