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5K eggs in 15 minutes: Manning kids make short work of egg hunt

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Despite damp, cool weather, nearly 130 children and their parents braved the elements for the Main Street Manning Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 27.

The 5,000 Easter eggs, filled with candy and other treats by numerous volunteers, were picked up by the youngsters within 15 minutes.

The event’s planning committee members had a back-up plan to hold the event at the Manning Rec Center in case of rain, but they decided to continue with their original plan to hold the event on the south lawn of Accura.

“We decided to hold the event outdoors despite the drizzle because obviously there is more room for the kids to spread out when they are outside,” said Ashley Moore, co-chair of the Main Street Manning Promotions Committee. “We wanted to be mindful of the continued need to socially distant as much as possible.”

She added, “We are very grateful for all of those who attended the Easter Egg Hunt despite the damp weather. We would like to thank those that made a free-will donation to help offset the expense of hosting the event. And we are especially grateful for Deb’s Corner Café, Manning Pharmacy, Kristina’s Flowers, The Market Place and Ramsey’s Market for donating items and prizes to fill the eggs. And last but not least, thank you to the many volunteers who helped prepare and fill 5,000 eggs.

“We have placed collection bins in the entryway of the Manning Public Library, Templeton Savings Bank and the Main Street Manning office to collect any Easter eggs that children may have taken home (once the candy is removed). The collection bins will be at those locations until Monday, April 12. If you have plastic Easter eggs at home that you no longer need or want, feel free to drop them in the collection bins as well. We may need more eggs next year.”

Main Street Manning’s Promotions Committee took on the event planning after learning that a the “MOMS” organization that previously had sponsored the event had disbanded. The committee includes Moore, Sydney Macumber and Jaime England, and they organized the hunt in just a few weeks.

“We are grateful to the MOMS organization for donating the eggs they used on previous Easter egg hunts,” Main Street Manning Executive Director Jean Voege said prior to the event. “We have had many things to organize and accomplish in a very short period of time — purchase candy, fill and organize the eggs, seek donations, promote the event, et cetera. It has definitely been an ‘all hands on deck’ situation since the decision was made to hold the event on March 27. We are grateful for the staff and children at the Manning Child Care Center for their help in sorting the previously used eggs and all those who have helped to fill the eggs. We are especially grateful for Deb’s Corner Café, Manning Pharmacy, Kristina’s Flowers, The Market Place and Ramsey’s Market for donating items prizes and to fill the eggs.”

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