By Rori Bennett – Junior Reporter

Kinsmen Park in Wallaceburg was packed on Monday morning as children of all ages participated in the annual Easter Egg Hunt hosted by the Knights of Pythias in Wallaceburg.

From 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., groups of children ranging in age from toddlers to teenagers, brought their baskets and collected eggs.

All eggs were filled with small change and/or chocolate eggs.

Water, juice and chips were also provided.

“Tim Bechard is my co-chairman for this event,” Doug McCallum, co-chairman, told the Sydenham Current.

“He did most of the financial parts and I ran the actual event. It was a joint effort with the CBD, the Knights of Columbus, as well as the Knights of Pythias.”

McCallum said they started planning the event in February.

“We tried to stay local with this,” he said.

“For the most part we did. The only item that we had to buy outside of town was the chips that were at the refreshment stand for the kids. Everything else was bought local though.”

The Easter Egg Hunt has been happening at Kinsmen Park in Wallaceburg for 35 years, and provides a safe and fun activity for families and children to enjoy, McCallum added.

“It’s been a tradition for a long time,” he said.

“Mary-Louise Deritter was the founding person that did this. She wanted the kids, that were actually my oldest son’s age, to have an Easter Egg Hunt, and that has just carried on for almost 50 years. My oldest son was in the first egg hunts, and then he became a scout, and did all of the security. We hope to be able to keep this tradition going though, for many more years to come.”

More information on the Knights of Pythias, and events that they host, can be found on their website and their Facebook page.

Here are some photos from the event: