Children hunt for 31,000 eggs at Wood Village Easter event
The Easter bunny traversed through East Multnomah County for a plethora of egg hunts on Saturday, April 20, but the rascally rabbit left the most eggs in Wood Village.
The bunny provided 31,000-candy filled plastic ovals at Donald L. Robertson Park, 24300 N.E. Halsey St., Wood Village, the day before the official Easter holiday.
With that many eggs lying around, organizers separated the city-sponored hunts into three searches: one for 3-4 year olds; one for 5-6 year olds and the event ended with a search for 7-8 year olds. The city didn't strictly enforce age limits. So if young kids could walk or crawl to find eggs, they were welcome to participate in the search with the youngest age group.
Two-year-old Reece Bissonette participated in his first Easter egg hunt, and he quickly filled up his basket — that is until he discovered the eggs were filled with candy. Then, instead of hunting, he spent his time opening and examining the eggs.
Following the hunt, Reece declined comment about his Easter haul, but proudly held up his full basket.
Reece was joined by his older 5-year-old brother, Tristan, and his 4-month-old sister, Lyla.
The children's parents, Sonny and Morgan Bissonette, said they moved to Troutdale recently, and they were looking for a fun activity for their five-member clan.
"The reason we came here was to spend time with family," Sonny said.
Six-year-old Lilliana Rodriguez and her father Carlos Guzman wandered the park before her hunt while they both wore bunny ears atop their heads in true Easter spirit.
Lilliana said she was wearing the headgear because, "It's almost Easter."
For last year's 30th Easter egg hunt, Wood Village City Council celebrated by ordering 30,000 eggs. Councilors wanted to break last's year record, and they opted to add 1,000 eggs this year.
Mayor Scott Harden was pleased with the decision to increase the egg count by approximately 3%.
"I think it went great," Harden said. "With 31,000 eggs, nobody goes home empty handed. Next year there'll be 32,000."
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