Marilyn Bugbee of the Cadiz Lions Club, despite a few layers of clothing and ear-warmers, radiated the joy of the event. “The community really has gotten behind this event, which we are really grateful for. We have bikes, bonds, cash prizes, and toys, and some other prizes. We’ve really been supported well.”
She estimated the crowd to be well over three hundred children, though as the event was free for all, had no exact figure to offer. “It looks like there are less participants than last year. The storms and cool weather could have had something to do with that.”
Involvement was limited to children age 10 and under, with 4 areas for 4 different age groups. Prizes would be appropriate to the age of the child involved.
10-year-old Benji Allen waited beyond the perimeter of his area, which was marked with yellow caution tape. A big winner last year, Benji said he made it home with a CD player. “I’m happy just getting anything this year.” He also added that the cool air was not bothering him.
The tandem of Kirsten Kline, age 10, and Caitlin Hemenway, age 9, were also ready for action on the line.
Kirsten, who was also apparently impervious to the cold air, said her strategy was fairly straightforward. “I am just going to try to get a lot of candy.”
Last year, Caitlin was awarded with a new bicycle at the Easter Egg Hunt. Her pal Kirsten proudly, and perhaps with a touch of envy, hoping for her own big prize this year, said, “She uses it every day.”
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