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More than 15,000 candy-filled Easter eggs await youngsters at Lake Oswego's Hop at the Hunt

REVIEW FILE PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - More than 15,000 treat-filled Easter eggs will await youngsters at the seventh-annual Hop at the Hunt, which is scheduled to start at 11 a.m. April 15 on the grounds of the Lake Oswego Hunt. There are few better ways to celebrate the Easter season than making a mad dash to find Easter eggs, and that's exactly what will happen on Saturday, April 15, when the seventh-annual Hop at the Hunt takes over the Lake Oswego Hunt grounds starting at 11 a.m.

More than 2,000 youngsters participated in the Hop last year, and organizers expect a similar-size crowd to hunt for the more than 15,000 Easter eggs — stuffed with candy and some with special prizes inside — that will be hidden on the grounds.

Four fields at the Hunt Club will be divided by age group: toddlers, kids between 4 and 5, kids between 6 and 7, and those who are 8 years or older. There will also be pony rides, face painting, a fire truck and a police cruiser. And a visit

from the Easter bunny, of course.

Admission to the Hop is free, but the event is a fundraiser and donations will be accepted at the gate. Proceeds will go toward restoring the historic Lake Oswego Hunt barn and to Hope Community Church's Hope Sparrow Services, which works with local agencies to provide support to local families in need.

"The money helps us do a lot of good things," says Pastor Keith Dickerson, who says good weather is at the top of his prayer list for the big event. But even if rain doesn't stay away, he says, egg hunters will not be disappointed. No child will walk away egg-less.

"They'll need to wear raincoats (if it rains)," Dickerson says, "but they'll still find all of the eggs."REVIEW FILE PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - No Hop at the Hunt would be complete without a visit from the Easter bunny, who promises to be on hand for this year's event on April 15.

Making the day even more festive: Oatis, the Hunt's lovable miniature horse, who has been known to wear his pink, fuzzy rabbit ears for the occasion. Hop the Bunny will be there too — with a mystery local celebrity inside the big white bunny costume. And someone will win the day's grand prize — a giant stuff-

ed bunny for one lucky youngster.

Lake Oswego Hunt Club is located at 2725 S.W. Iron Mountain Blvd. For more information about the Hop, go to HopeOswego.com or call 503-636-0674.

— The Review

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