by: John Brewington Children scramble to grab their share of more than 30,000 plastic eggs scattered at the Columbia County Fairgrounds during last year’s mEGGa Egg Hunt.

The massively popular mEGGa Egg Hunt, now in its 12th year, returns April 7 to the Columbia County Fairgrounds.

At 11 a.m. more than 1,700 children (and some eager parents) will rush to grab more than 30,000 plastic eggs scattered on the grounds of the Columbia Event Complex. Gates open at 10 a.m. and close at 1 p.m.

Each year, the egg hunt draws families out to the fairgrounds for the Easter celebration, which includes not only the egg search, but a petting zoo, pony rides, coloring contest and a visit from the Easter Bunny. Each egg is filled with a special treat.

The egg hunt is volunteer-driven and runs thanks to the contributions of locals who give hours of time helping fill and place the eggs.

Since beginning over a decade ago, the event has grown in popularity. The first year, there were only a few hundred kids and around 6,000 eggs.

To make a cash contribution to help fund the egg hunt, you can make a check out to: mEGGa Egg Hunt Committee, 681 Columbia Blvd., St. Helens, OR 97051.

For more information call Ronda Courtney at the Columbia County Event Complex at 503-397-4231.

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