The Clermont County Easter Bunny welcomed more than 150 delighted children to the annual egg hunt held at Sycamore Park in Batavia March 15.
The Easter egg hunt, which has become an annual local tradition, is co-sponsored by the Batavia Rotary Club and the Clermont County Park District.
“We have been having Easter egg hunts for children for many, many years now – decades, in fact,” said Rotary Club president Eric Sears. “It is really special this year for the Rotary Club because we are celebrating our 70th anniversary.”
President Sears said that the Rotary Club is privileged to partner with the county park district in offering the fun and the pleasure that the annual Easter egg hunt provides for local participating children and their families every year.
A total of 1,200 colorful eggs were scattered around the park for the children of all ages to dash after and scramble around for. One lucky participant in each of the four participating age groups found an egg holding a special prize and received a special Easter basket.
The oldest age group of participants found some cash in some of their eggs, something that organizers thought would be better for the oldest children because it was understandably determined that "cash is king" for that age group, said Batavia Rotary Club president-elect Mac Hickman.
"The Easter egg hunt gives us good exposure to the community," Hickman said. "We are here to serve the community in many different ways, and this is one of them. Our youth is very important to us."
Clermont County Park District naturalist Keith Robinson said that the annual Easter egg hunt is always one of the most memorable and major highlights of the year for everyone involved.
"It is just a fun way to get families in our community into our parks," Robinson said. "This is only one of the many events that we offer throughout the year to get families out as a unit using the park facilities. We have a very successful partnership with the Batavia Rotary Club and the Easter egg hunt is a great way for all of us to nurture our community in a very fun way, something that we are all very committed to. Just seeing the excitement and the smiles on the children's faces makes this day a very special one."