Lake Oswego youngsters scramble for 15,000 Easter eggs at the eighth-annual Hop at the Hunt

Thousands of Lake Oswegans scrambled across the grounds of the Lake Oswego Hunt in search of Easter eggs on Saturday during the eighth-annual Hop at the Hunt.

Mother Nature did her part, keeping the rain at bay while children rode ponies, climbed aboard police and fire vehicles and hung out with the Easter Bunny. Lake Oswego Mayor Kent Studebaker was there too, handing out the grand prize of a giant stuffed rabbit.

And did we mention that there were 15,000 Easter eggs, stuffed with candy and the occasional special prize, scattered across the Hunt in four areas roped off by age groups?

Admission to the Hop was free, but the event was a fundraiser and donations were accepted at the gate. Proceeds from the iconic event, which was co-sponsored by Lake Oswego Hunt and Hope Community Church, will go toward restoring the historic Hunt barn and to Hope Community Church's Hope Sparrow Services, which works with area agencies to provide support to local families in need.

Across town, tiny tots and their parents enjoyed a more low-key egg hunt at Palisades, where preschoolers searched the halls for egg treasures. And on Sunday, more than 100 kids with special needs and their families attended an Easter egg hunt at the municipal golf course, where they also participated in a golf clinic and enjoyed dessert and beverages with the Easter Bunny.

"Very few things bring as much delight to my heart as watching the children, who come from all over Lake Oswego, have fun with their parents looking for treasure eggs," says Peggy Dickerson, who coordinates Hope Sparrow Services programs. "I love to hear their giggles and see their smiles, knowing these families are making memories that will last a lifetime."

— The Review

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