CHIPPEWA VALLEY (WEAU) – It was an 'egg'-stravaganza for families who went Easter egg hunting across the Chippewa Valley on Saturday.
Dozens of families hopped through Carson Park in Eau Claire looking for hidden eggs. This is the fifth year the egg hunt was put on by Chippewa Valley Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
New this year, each kid got to hunt for eggs and left with a bag of toys, courtesy of Ruby's Pantry. Organizers said they look forward to seeing the kids smile every year
“Our purpose is to serve the community and this is one of ours ways to do this to give this back to them,” said Joe Larson, the Clearwater district executive for the Chippewa Valley Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
Larson said it takes volunteers hours to hide all the eggs.
Easter Bunny arrives on a helicopter
The Easter bunny made a surprise visit in another part of Eau Claire this morning.
He flew in on a helicopter, dropping thousands of candy filled eggs onto South Middle School's lawn. More than 2,000 people waited for a chance to grab an early Easter egg. A total of 10,000 eggs were dropped.
It's the first time the event was organized by Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt in Eau Claire. People were asked to bring a non-perishable foot items to the egg drop. All the donations go to the Trinity Lutheran Food Pantry.
A few lucky kids even walked away with a Nintendo DS or a bike.
Mondovi Easter Egg Hunt
In Mondovi, it didn't take long for kids to track down colorful Easter eggs in Tourist Park.
Kids were separated into their own age groups before hunting down the eggs. They were hidden underneath leaves and all around the park.
The Easter bunny also made an appearance, handing out some treats for the kiddos as well.