Easter egg hunt in Windsor tradition for many
April 24, 2014
Meaning of Easter eggs and rabbits
The Germans introduced the rabbits and the tradition of an egg-laying rabbit to America in the 1700s.
The custom eventually spread across the country in the form of Easter baskets for the rabbit to lay its colorful eggs in. Children also traditionally left out carrots for the rabbit in case it got hungry from delivering the eggs. The eggs themselves are commonly regarded as an ancient symbol of new life thought to be associated with spring pagan festivals.
Decorated eggs are believed to date back to the 13th century, when they would be decorated for the end of Lent and eaten in celebration, according to The Colorado Egg Producers.
For Jane Bradley of Windsor, attending the Optimist Club's Easter Egg Hunt means years of family tradition.
Bradley and her family — children and their spouses and grandchildren and grandnieces — were spread throughout Windsor's Main Park on Saturday to have the little ones gather Easter eggs.
"It is a yearly thing we do the Saturday they have this egg hunt." Bradley said. "After, we get to go and celebrate as a whole family with cream bakes and toast for breakfast and then for lunch we have Sloppy Joes and have our own family Easter egg hunt."
More than 500 people attended the annual Optimist Club's Easter Egg Hunt in Windsor's Main Park, 300 Locus St. The event was for infants through fourth-graders.
Sandy Macy, a member of the club and coordinator of the hunt said more than 400 dozen eggs were spread out in the park.
Families began gathering around several minutes prior to the time when the whistle blew and children ran to get as many colorful candy-stuffed Easter eggs as they could find.
"So many families come and enjoy the activity," Macy said. "It is why we keep doing it — it's Windsor's biggest Easter egg hunt."
The Optimist Club has been active in the community since 1973, and for 40 years has hosted the Easter egg hunt. Macy said there are attendants who used to bring their children and now bring their grandchildren, and there are those who would gather eggs as children and now bring their own children to do the same.
Danielle Ladd of Windsor remembers when she was a little girl and used to attend the Easter egg hunt. She left Windsor for a while only to come back because she said she wanted her children to grow up where she did.
With her two daughters, Amara, 4, and Jada, 2, sitting on the grass waiting to hear the whistle and run to get eggs, and Ladd holding her youngest son, Nova of eight-months, she explained to the girls the "rules" of the hunt.
"If another kid grabs the same egg as you, you don't fight over it," she said to them. "You let them have it."
Once the whistle blew, it only took a matter of four minutes — if not less — for the park to be whipped clean of Easter eggs.
Children then would gather around the volunteers to grab bigger prizes and possibly win a raffle for stuffed Easter Bunnies.