Written By Jen Stults of Montpelier
Four thousand brightly colored eggs speckled the grass at Fireman’s Park on Saturday, March 26th while eager children waited nearby for the signal to start. The second annual River Rats Easter Egg Hunt drew quite the crowd. Both young and old alike gathered to watch children hunt for Easter eggs. More than a typical egg hunt, this community event was complete with food available for purchase, a raffle, door prizes, and even the Easter Bunny was available for photos.
First time attendee Sarah Morgan had this to say about the event, “I think it’s great. It helps bring the community together.” As children waited for the hunt to start, groups of adults joined in friendly conversation with one another. Even after the egg hunt ended, people continued to linger in the festive atmosphere.
The River Rats group has been serving the community since their first event, a Halloween party, in Fall of 2014. The group continues to serve the community currently by organizing the annual Egg Hunt, providing food baskets to those in need during the holiday season, and giving gas cards to folks with medical issues who need to drive back and forth to appointments.
According to River Rats president Clint Carpenter, their purpose is to help kids and the community. “Seeing these kids out here running around, having fun – that’s what we’re all about.”
Judging by the grins on the nearly two hundred participants’ faces, the group certainly achieved that today!