Several Egg Hunts Planned


At least seven area egg hunts have been organized by local groups for the weekend including the largest event, which is in St. Maries.

The St. Maries hunt is under new management this year as the crew at AmericanWest Bank, who has previously helped with the venture, took over the operation after Tami Holdahl stepped down. Ms. Holdahl funded and managed the hunt for the last seven years.


“We have worked on the Easter Egg Hunt with Tami Holdahl and her crew of volunteers for so many years that it broke our hearts to imagine the children not having a hunt to go to in the future,” Aki Hicks said. “It just made sense for us to rise to the challenge when Tami announced that she needed someone to take the lead in organizing the next event.”

This year’s hunt begins at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 4, at the Benewah County Fairgrounds. Children will collect more than 13,000 eggs and other goodies scattered along park.

“We really appreciate all the community support we’ve received so far,” Ms. Hicks said. “The Kiwanis Club donated 300 chocolate bunnies for which Jack’s Pharmacy gave them a price break, and Dr. Ewert donated toothbrushes. Also, June Derry and the late Maggie Pritchett helped fill the eggs.”

Those who wish to participate in the hunt are encouraged to arrive early. Children up through 11 years old may participate. The Easter Bunny will also make an appearance.

Volunteers are needed to help with setup and are encouraged to arrive at 8:30 a.m. Call ahead, (208) 245-4700, so the crew has an idea of how much help they will have.

Cash donations to help with the future of the hunt can be delivered to the bank.

“We are planning on continuing the Easter Egg Hunt for many years to come,” Ms. Hicks said. “Nothing celebrates the joy of the Easter season and the promise of Spring better than the happy voices and smiling faces of the children. They are our future, our hope, and creating special memories for them is important to all of us.”

Other area egg hunts include:


10 a.m. April 4 at UpRiver School


5 p.m., April 3 at the Emida Community Center, Children through 12 years may participate, organized By the Emida Secret Sisters


1 p.m. April 4 at Kootenai schools, Toddlers through fifth grade, organized by community members


10 a.m. April 4 at Lakeside Elementary, Ages 0 to 10 years, sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary Post #69 and Lakeside High School National Honor Society


1 p.m. April 4 at Worley City Park, organized by Worley Fire District


3 p.m. April 4 – The St. Joe Lodge has its second annual egg hunt. All are welcome.

10 a.m. April 5 – Egg hunt to follow community service at the Calder Gym.

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