Easter egg hunt back after 2-year absence

Easter egg hunt back after 2-year absence

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A popular Easter tradition is returning to Shreve and Berlin after a two-year absence.

The Troy Miller Insurance Agency and Commercial & Savings Bank will sponsor a community Easter egg hunt on Saturday, April 16 at 1 p.m. at the Shreve Elementary School. The event will move to Berlin Elementary School at 4 p.m.

Troy Miller said it’s the 20th year for the event that will send children scurrying to find 10,000 eggs filled with candy. Also up for grabs are two golden eggs for each of four age groups: 0-3 years, 4-6 years, 7-9 years and 10-12 years. Prizes include stuffed animals and gift certificates.

The Easter Bunny will be on hand for photos.

At the Shreve location, the Shreve United Methodist Church will host Kidz and Kritterz before and after the egg hunt from noon to 2 p.m. at the school’s gazebo. The family event will provide adults and children a chance to see and pet a donkey, lambs and rabbits.

“These animals are a very special part of spring and the celebration of Easter,” said Cheryl Koehler, an event organizer and owner of the donkey featured at Kidz and Kritterz. She will share how Jesus rode a donkey into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday and the legend of the cross marking on the donkey’s back. Each family will receive a small gift.

Miller said his agency was unable to hold the egg hunts the past two years due to the Ohio Health Department’s COVID protocols. He said he looks forward to once again seeing all those kids run across the grass to pick up their eggs.

The hunt takes less than a minute, he said. “We do a countdown and off they go.”

Miller said he always gets concerned inclement weather will dampen the event. “I’d hate to have to pick up all those eggs,” he said, “but thankfully, people show up” — even one year when a light snow had fallen.

The egg hunt, he said, was the idea of his late sister Mindy Shamp, and his family played an important role in making the event happen. Now Miller, his wife Nona and their employees at the agency’s Shreve and Berlin offices make the preparations.

Making it all worthwhile are the people and children who come to take part.

“I like to see people in the community having a good time,” Miller said.

A favorite memory is the year a woman showed him five years of photos she’d taken of her children at the Easter egg hunt.

“It’s nice to start a tradition,” he said. “We really enjoy it.”

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