By Mark Ambrogi
Leigh Ann Akard has all the egg jokes memorized for the Zionsville Lions Club’s annual EGGnormous Egg Hunt.
“We’re always EGGcited, it’s always EGGstremely fun,” Akard said. “I have all the puns. We hope people get their EGGercize for the EGGtravagant egg hunt.”
The 26th annual hunt is set for April 15 at Lions Park, 115 S. Elm St. A continental breakfast will be served at 9 a.m. for a donation. Family activities start at 9:30 a.m., with free photos with the Easter Bunny. The Lions Club joins with 2017 Partners in the Park to sponsor the hunt.
“Something new this year is we have an egg stroll for ages 2 and under at 10 a.m. at the gazebo,” said Akard, a former chair who is assisting chairman Mike Heffner.
The egg hunts start at 10:30 a.m. and are staggered by age group, starting with ages 3-4. There are yellow flags marking the age groups.
Akard said attendance varies by year.
“We put out more than 15,000 eggs,” Akard said. “We had some help stuffing the eggs.”
Along with Lions Club volunteers, other volunteers from the Life Skills classes at Zionsville Middle School and Zionsville Community High School, the Zionsville Alpha Leos Club, Zionsville Meadows and Hearth at Tudor Gardens helped stuff the eggs.
Amazon Fulfillment Center and Control Tech Heating and Air and Mite E Ducts will hide special eggs in the park. Zionsville merchants will drop off more than 300 rubber duckies for a scavenger hunt. The ducks have prizes that can be redeemed at the merchants.
Other activities are face painting sponsored by Carpenter Realty Zionsville and the Indiana Pacers Fan Van. There will be dancing along with DJ Doug.
“The DJ is new, so people can do the bunny hop,” Akard said.
The Zionsville Alpha Leo Club will have a FUNdrasing booth to support the work they do in the community.
The eggs can be recycled by leaving them at the park, dropping them off at Akard True Value Hardware or giving them to a Lions Club member to be used again next year.
For more, visit zionsvillelions.com/events/easter-egg-hunt.