2014 Easter Egg Hunt Photos!
Continental Ranch’s 5th Annual Easter Egg Hunt!
This year’s event was another grand success! Of course the main focus of the event was the egg hunt which was divided up into 6 different age groups and ran in intervals every half an hour. The local boy scout troop leader helped launch the start of each hunt, rallying up the groups of little egg hunters for a high energy dash into the field. The kids all sported very unique and creative baskets for gathering their bounties of eggs. Once again the turnout for the event was estimated to be over 1,500 total –including kids, parents, older siblings, grandparents, and relatives. Food donations generated a total of 485 pounds for the Marana Food Bank and $150 in cash donations. Each dollar in cash that is donated to the food bank buys approximately $9 in food for families in need.
The petting zoo was such a terrific hit last year that it returned again and was met with hundreds of excided children who rode the ponies and pet the goats, chickens, ducks, and even a llama! It was quite apparent that the owner of the mobile petting zoo cares greatly for his animals. Once again face painters and balloon artists were bringing cheer to the event, and there was plenty of fun to be had at the arts & crafts tables in the ramadas next to the field. The mini trackless train gave rides around the field and was a lot of fun for the little ones.
The Easter Egg Hunt wouldn’t be complete without a visit from the Easter Bunny! To reduce wait times and allow for the kids to roam the event rather than waiting in line for photos, the Bunny roamed around and parents were able to take their own up close personal photos of their children with the Bunny. The jumping castles were a big hit (as usual) and this year the premier interactive piece was the gladiator jousting arena. Contenders strapped up their head gear, took their pedestals, and then battled to see who knock the other off their foothold.
This year we were sad not to have the band who played at past events, but the music DJ who filled the spot really helped lighten the mood with plenty of fun tunes. Several local food trucks helped fill hungry bellies and all kids received a free cotton candy. Lucky raffle prize winners for each age group won Easter baskets packed with goodies. CRCA wants to thank ALL the volunteers who donated their time to pitch in and make this event possible.