RHINELANDER - Snow on the ground can’t keep the Easter bunny away in the Northwoods.
Hundreds of kids and their families searched for Easter eggs in Rhinelander on Saturday.
“Even with the snow and the slush, they love running around and getting out there and getting the eggs,”said Nicole Polkowski, the Rhinelander Area Optimist Club president.
Event organizers believe the snow helps the event run more smoothly.
“We prefer snow as opposed to mud. The eggs are easier to see and the kids don’t get dirty. It is a little a bit difficult with ice and the cold and just the wetness but we have a good time,” said Polkowski.
The Rhinelander Area Optimist Club hosts the Easter egg hunt because they want to help families celebrate spring.
“It’s just kind of fun for them to do something outside. We've been cooped up all winter so it’s nice for them, when the spring is coming, to do something outside,” said Polkowski.
The club wasn't worried the cold weather would cause less people to show up.
“We had a blizzard last year and it was very wet and slushy and the eggs were getting buried but it was still a great turnout,” said Polkowski.
Event organizers put out a lot more eggs this year to make sure every child would get some.
“Last year we laid out three thousand eggs. This year we had to put out five thousand just anticipating there would be more people and we actually ran out today,” said Polkowski.
Kids were excited to see the bright eggs in the snow.
“When I just got here, there were thousands of eggs everywhere. There were some on the ground. I even saw some on the steps. They were everywhere,” said Virginia Parsons, a participant in the Easter egg hunt.
Seeing the Easter bunny got some kids excited for the baskets he would bring them.
“Stuffed animals. He brings me one every year and he brings me a puppy,” said Joshua Henke, a participant in the Easter egg hunt.
|Story By: Karolina Buczek