The Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce will hold its Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 19, at Cupola Park.
“Over the four years I’ve been involved in it, we’ve seen a tremendous growth,” said Chamber Executive Director Amy Simmons. “I think the first year out we had about 100 kids, and last year we had over 300.”
The rain-or-shine event, which is free and open to the public, offers children the opportunity to search for 5,000 eggs in the park and win various prizes.
Parents may register their children on the day of the event, beginning at 10:30 a.m., with the first hunt beginning at 11 p.m.
The hunt will be broken down into three age groups: 4 or younger, 5 to 7, and 8 to 12. Each group will have a designated area in the park in which to hunt for eggs.
“We don’t start them all at the same time,” explained Simmons. “We let the little ones go first, then the middle ones and then the oldest, because a lot of times parents have kids on more than one field. It’s only fair to let the parents see each child.”
The 5,000 eggs, which are stuffed by National Entertainment Technologies, will be filled with candy. Some of the eggs found will be specially marked, so that the children who find them will receive a special prize.
“I have a ton of prizes. That’s why this has become so popular — because of the generosity of the businesses local to Millsboro and even as far out as Salisbury,” she said. “We have our two golden eggs that get special prizes.”
Prizes range from passes for laser tag, roller skating, Coco’s Funhouse, Stratosphere Trampoline Park, Dairy Queen, Jungle Jim’s, Shorebirds, Walgreens, Millsboro Bowling Lanes, Clayton Theatre and more.
“Personally, I’m overwhelmed by the generosity of all of these businesses. When I tell them what it’s for, it’s like, ‘How many do you want?’ It makes me feel good to know they want to support this,” said Simmons, noting that this is the Chamber’s second-biggest event. “Even businesses that aren’t members of the Chamber, that are out of the area, they’re just as willing, too.”
During the day, children will also get to spend time and take pictures with a very special guest — the Easter Bunny.
“Make sure you bring your cameras,” Simmons said.
The event, which is sponsored by Del-One and the Sussex County Post, will be emceed by Sky Brady.
Simmons said she hopes the event is well-received by the community and that families come out for the day to celebrate the holiday.
“We just hope the community will bring their children, grandchild, and have a fun time.”
For more information, call the Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce at (302) 934-6777, visit www.millsborochamber.com or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Cupola Park is located at the end of North Morris Street in downtown Millsboro.