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Imagine a swarm of locusts devouring a farmer’s crop in a matter of seconds. Now, replace locusts with excited children and crop with brightly-colored plastic eggs and that best describes Easter egg hunts these days.

Sedona is no exception.

The Sedona Parks and Recreation Department will host its annual Celebration of Spring on Saturday, April 15, from 9 a.m. to noon at Posse Grounds Park. The multi-use field will be the site of games and vendors, with carnival rides, bounce houses, face painting and more. The event is $5 for children 12 and younger, free for adults.

An egg hunt begins at 10 a.m. for children 12 and younger, with participants divided into four age groups.

“This event is so popular because it is fun for the kids, affordable for the parents, has a great variety of activities, useful information on kids organizations and close to home,” Parks and Recreation Manager Rachel Murdoch said.

Recreation Coordinator Ali Baxter said the city has had between 650 to 700 kids in attendance per year over the last five years. This year they will be capping ticket sales at 800 kids to keep the event from becoming too large and creating too long of lines for the rides and activities.

As noted, this year the age range for the egg hunt has been extended to include one for kids 9 to 12.

“We’ve always held a scavenger hunt for the 9- to 12-year-olds, but each year they ask to hunt eggs,” Baxter said. “With enough sponsorship money covering some of the rides we were able to purchase the additional eggs necessary to add on the fourth age group egg hunt.”

Luckily for organizers, the 21,000 eggs that will be used come pre-filled. But in the past, city staff sought assistance from local high school students to help fill the eggs. And in a blink of the eye, they’re gone.

“I would say once we are lined up on the fields and say ‘go,’ it takes no more than three minutes for the eggs to be completely cleaned up by the egg hunters,” Baxter said. “I always say the egg hunt is crazy. When you say the word ‘go,’ it’s like a busy ant hill of commotion.

“It takes about 30 minutes for five to 10 people to spread each field with eggs for each hunt and within a matter of a few minutes it’s all over. That being said though, no child walks away empty handed. We have enough eggs that everyone should get a handful.”

In addition to the Celebration of Spring, Parks and Rec will again be hosting Celebration of Tween, which will take place from 3 to 6 p.m. at Posse Grounds. This is open to students in fifth to eighth grades.

Baxter said the multi-use field will be transformed into a middle school fun zone complete with an indoor inflatable laser tag arena, carnival rides, henna tattoos and food for sale.

Parents are welcome to stay, but are asked to keep the younger children at home for this event. The cost is $5 per student.

Tickets for all events are on sale now at the Parks and Recreation office, 525 Posse Ground Road, or by phone at 282-7098. Ticket sales on the day of the event are cash only.


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