Firefighters still hopping to it

Annual Easter Egg Hunt set for March 30

By: Julie Snyder | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published March 7, 2013

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Members of the Harrison Township Fire Department are once again hosting the community’s annual Easter Egg Hunt this year, and — if the weather cooperates — they are expecting a record-breaking turnout.

After all, they are planning to stuff nearly 10,000 plastic eggs with candy.

Firefighter Bob Mlynarek, the department’s public education director, said this year’s holiday event will be held March 30 on the L’Anse Creuse High School football field on L’Anse Creuse Road in Harrison Township.

A plethora of fun activities for the children will commence at 10 a.m. and the hunt kicks off at 11 a.m. The event is also hosted by the Harrison Township Parks and Recreation Committee.

“We’re going to duplicate what we did last year because there was a good crowd, which we were really happy about,” said Mlynarek. “It was a really nice day last year, too.”

Even if the weather is bad, the Easter Egg Hunt will go on.

“Easter sometimes falls on a day in April; some years, it’s in March,” said Mlynarek. “You never know what it’s going to be like. We’ve had 70 degree and sunny and we’ve had snow. Lots of snow.”

One of those rare snowy years was when the event was held at Tucker Park on Ballard. Mlynarek remembers organizers testing how an egg hunt would work in the snow. He said a few eggs placed on the snow simply sunk and disappeared. They ended up just handing out the eggs to the children that year.

The now highly-anticipated free event is open to Harrison Township residents only with children 12 and younger.

Mlynarek said the children will be divided into separate sections based on age group for the egg hunt. “That way, the little ones don’t get run over by the bigger children,” he said.

In the hour leading up to the hunt, children will be invited to participate in some Easter-inspired arts and crafts, there will also be games, face painting, a disk jockey will be providing musical entertainment, and there will be a meet-and-greet with the Easter Bunny and Sparky the Fire Dog. Firefighters are encouraging families to bring along a camera to photograph the memories. Children can also tour some fire engines and visit with members of the Macomb County Sheriff’s Mounted Division.

“Everyone generally has a great time; again, if the weather cooperates,” Mlynarek said.

The Harrison Township Fire Department took over the annual Easter Egg Hunt close to nine years ago when the township’s non-volunteer Parks and Recreation Department came to an end. There is a volunteer committee now, which organizes and hosts various events around the township each year, including the egg hunt.

“We didn’t want this event to come to an end,” Mlynarek said. “The community really enjoys it.”

The Easter celebration has also been held at the waterfront park on Jefferson and at Tucker, but Mlynarek said neither compares to the high school, where there is ample parking, plenty of space for activities and artificial turf, which means no mud, if there is rain.

The eggs will be stuffed with help from high school students from L’Anse Creuse High School on March 20. The students receive community service hours for their participation.

The event is paid for with money from the fire department’s Charity Fund, a fund kept sated with private donations, and fundraisers like the annual golf outing in July and the pancake breakfast in September.

L’Anse Creuse High School is located at 38495 L’Anse Creuse Road.