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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 - Memphis Gray (from left), Justin Sheets, Odessa Gray and Emily Albin take off in search of Easter eggs at the 2015 Hop at the Hunt. More than 15,000 eggs await youngsters at this years event.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 when the sixth-annual Hop at the Hunt takes over the Lake Oswego Hunt Club, starting at 11 a.m.

“It will be blessed pandemonium,” says Pastor Keith Dickerson of Lake Oswego’s Hope Community Church, which is co-sponsoring the event with the Hunt Club.

More than 2,150 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 Saturday.

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. Dickerson will help build the excitement with a countdown over a loudspeaker; a blast from a fire engine siren will then unleash the hunters. REVIEW FILE PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - It wouldnt be the Hop at the Hunt without an appearance by Oatis. The lovable miniature horse has made hundreds of young friends over the years, with the help of Hunt Club Manager Katie Purdy.

“What makes the Hunt Club so nice is that it can be so easily divided into sections for four age groups,” Dickerson says. “It’s also flat and has such good drainage.”

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 Hunt Club 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,” Dickerson says.

Good weather is at the top of Dickerson’s prayer list for Saturday, but even if rain doesn’t stay away, 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.”

Making the day even jollier will be the presence of Oatis, the Hunt Club’s lovable miniature horse, who will be wearing his pink, fuzzy rabbit ears. Hop the Bunny will be there, too — with a mystery local celebrity inside the big white bunny costume. And Heather Beck, superintendent of the Lake Oswego School District, will hand out the grand prize — a giant stuffed bunny for one lucky youngster.

None of this would be possible, Dickerson is quick to point out, without a long list of sponsors, including Gubanc’s Pub, Babica Hen Café, Club Sport, Kumon Math & Reading of Lake Grove, Baja Fresh of Lake Oswego, Deno’s Pizzaria, First Citizens Bank, Freeman Motor Company, Ed Popkin and Steve and Penelope Fain. The Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce, City of Lake Oswego and Lake Oswego Review are also serving as partners for the event.

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

Contact Cliff Newell at 503-636-1281 ext. 105 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..