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Egg hunt hops over to new location in St. Clair Shores

April 15 event moves to Veterans Memorial Park

By: Kristyne E. Demske | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published April 12, 2017

 Regina High School senior Rochelle Hanna, left, and senior Raquelle Zaya stuff eggs for the 2017 St. Clair Shores Easter egg hunt April 4.

Regina High School senior Rochelle Hanna, left, and senior Raquelle Zaya stuff eggs for the 2017 St. Clair Shores Easter egg hunt April 4.

Photo by Kristyne E. Demske

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ST. CLAIR SHORES — Make plans to hop on over to Veterans Memorial Park April 15, the new site of the annual St. Clair Shores Easter egg hunt.

The event, which has been going on longer than most firefighters can remember, has moved to a larger location this year after increased participation in 2016. 

“We planned for more people just because last year we had such a big showing,” said firefighter/paramedic Ian Griffin. 

The 2016 event was the first time the annual egg grab moved from Easter Sunday to the day before, and the turnout response was tremendous, he said. 

To better prepare for more children running to grab candy-filled eggs, Griffin said they have more supplies than in 2016 and have moved to the bigger Veterans Memorial Park, 32400 Jefferson Ave. 

The 2017 Easter egg hunt will begin promptly at noon April 15. The hunt is open to all and doesn’t cost anything. The Easter Bunny will also be in attendance, so parents are welcome to bring their cameras to capture the cute meet-and-greet. 

Participants are also asked to bring a bag or basket to carry their eggs, as they are not provided by organizers.

New this year, children can hunt for the golden egg.

Griffin said they have eliminated raffles for baskets and, instead, will have a few golden eggs for each age group that will entitle the finder to a special prize. Age groups for the hunts are separated into kids 3 years and younger, 4- to 7-year-olds, and those 8 years and older. This year, the age groups will hunt in color-coordinated areas, and their hunts will start about five minutes apart, giving parents time to watch each child if they have children in different age groups.

“We’re going to stagger the start times ... so that there’s no little kids being lost in a huge crowd of people,” Griffin said. 

He said there were more than 500 children, and possibly as many as 750, at the 2016 hunt. Moving it to Saturday “worked out great,” he said. 

“We just had more than we ever did, so that’s why we doubled down on our candy supply.”

Cynthia Pajkic, owner of Magic Touch Salon on Harper Avenue, and her employees have been helping the Fire Department for years by stuffing the thousands of eggs with candy. After the huge turnout last year, however, Pajkic said she went to Meijer after Easter and filled more than four grocery carts with new eggs to stuff for 2017, in addition to the four large plastic storage containers full of eggs she already had from years prior. 

Now, she said, there are just way too many eggs for her employees to stuff. 

Pajkic’s daughter attends Regina High School in Warren, and students there stepped up to fill the gap.

Regina High School Principal Ann Diamond said that the activity is a great way for the students to help the children of St. Clair Shores.

“Community service is important because we want the girls to know (that) reaching out to others is an important trait,” she said. 

“They’re always looking for new and fun ways to get their service hours,” Pajkic said. 

The St. Clair Shores Easter egg hunt will be held at noon April 15 at Veterans Memorial Park, located on Jefferson Avenue at Masonic Boulevard.

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