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Easter egg hunt returns to St. Clair Shores April 20

By: Kristyne E. Demske | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published April 5, 2019

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ST. CLAIR SHORES — The St. Clair Shores Easter Egg Hunt will return to Veterans Memorial Park at noon April 20.

While historically the hunt was held on the Easter holiday, moving the activity to the day before Easter has made the event even more popular than ever. That means that the St. Clair Shores Firefighters Local 1774, which puts on the egg hunt with help from the Parks and Recreation Department, spent $700 on candy to make sure there’s plenty for everyone this year.

Everything is free and no one is turned away, said firefighter Scott Campbell. There are three age groups in the hunt — ages 0-3, 3-8 and 8 and older — and Campbell said that as long as everyone is ready to hunt at exactly noon, there should be enough eggs for everybody.

They had to buy more candy this year after the record turnout in 2018, he said. Between 400 and 500 children turned out for that event.

The park, located at 32400 Jefferson Ave., will open at 11 a.m. for those who want to participate. Before the hunt, Sue Crowe, a State Farm Insurance Agent at 31800 Harper Ave., and her employees will provide a cookie and scone decorating station.

“It was a great experience last year, and we wanted to continue doing it again for our community and especially for our Fire Department,” Crowe said. “It’s so nice that the Fire Department does that on their free time, and the kids just absolutely love it.”

She’s partnering with Just Delicious Scones in Roseville to bring the treats for the children to decorate.

There will be prize tickets hidden in a few of the eggs for the children to win an extra prize of an Easter basket, Campbell said, including a basket from Embroidery and Much More.

All of the eggs are filled by Macomb Intermediate School District students in Sterling Heights. Campbell said the students were looking for ways to help the community, and with “8,300 runs last year ... we don’t have the time to fill them.”

With the exception of the few donated items, Campbell said the entire event is paid for by the firefighters union.

“We’re a 50-man department. A lot of the guys come out with their families,” he said.

There are 13 firefighters on duty at all times, he added, and they will all be at the event with fire trucks, as well, pending any calls during that time. The firefighters and their families all pitch in to set up and help the event run smoothly, he explained.

“We rope a lot of the families into working. We try to make it something of a family event for us too,” he said.

Crowe said that in addition to supporting the event, she is holding “Quotes for Good” through her office during April and May. For every household that doesn’t already have State Farm insurance that calls for a quote, she will donate up to $10 to the St. Clair Shores Fire Department.

“I’ve been in business for 30 years and St. Clair Shores has been good to me, and I believe in giving back,” she said.