There could not have been a more beautiful day for Wilmore’s annual Easter-egg hunt at Centennial Park on Saturday, parks and recreation director Amy Fitch said.
Dozens of children, from infants to 10-year-olds, convened at the park located behind the Ichthus grounds to meet the Easter Bunny and search for hidden treasure in the grass.
“I’m just out here with my granddaughter,” Wilmore Mayor Harold Rainwater said. “I try to come out here every year; it really is a nice event, beautiful day, and Amy just does an amazing job.“
With only a few white puffy clouds in the sky, Fitch and Rainwater both agreed conditions could not be better but that there were fewer children than in year’s past.
“I think it has something to do with spring break,” Fitch said. “A lot of them are out traveling with their family, but this is still a good turnout.”
Fitch organizes the annual Easter-egg hunt, but she almost missed it this year as she was in New Orleans to witness the University of Kentucky Wildcats’ victory over the Louisville Cardinals a week earlier.
“I think I may have ruined my daughter forever if her first UK game is going to be a national championship,” Fitch said. “But I’m happy to have made it back in time.”
Centennial Park was packed with children and their families taking photos with the Easter Bunny and snacking on the assortment of chocolates and candies they foraged from grass near the pavilion.
There were also 15 specialty eggs that, when found, were traded in for big baskets full of all sorts of Easter fare.
“This will be Chase’s final Easter-egg hunt out here, so we’re very excited about that, but it’s also a little sad,” Heather LaBarbara said. “Of course they wanted to meet the Easter Bunny, and this is a good way to get ready for tomorrow.”
A teacher at West Jessamine Middle School, LaBarbara was out Saturday with her two sons and husband Matt but said they would also host another hunt at their home on Sunday that would leave her family with enough candy to last until Halloween.