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Easter bunny makes Brawley kids happy

April 14, 2001|By ANTHONY LONGORIA, Staff Writer

BRAWLEY — Dozens of eager children armed with wicker baskets and accompanied by parents carrying cameras scurried around Pat Williams Park here Saturday morning in search of candy and plastic eggs during the city's annual Easter egg hunt.

The top prizes: several gift baskets, each boasting a cuddly Easter bunny and an assortment of candy, but you had to find that rare plastic egg shell with the city's emblem inside to win the prize.

Whether the emblem was found or not, no child left the park without winning. Several children left the park with Easter baskets brimming with Tootsie rolls and other various candies.

The park seemed barren within 20 minutes after commencing as every colored egg and wrapped treat had been removed from its grounds


"It's the fastest hunt in your life," said city Parks and Recreation Director Karin Morgan, whose department sponsored the event.

According to Morgan, the hunt is one of the city's traditions and has been offered for nearly 40 years.

Event volunteers, who included Imperial County Office of Education and AmeriCorps volunteers, arrived early Saturday to hide the eggs and candy.

Free refreshments were provided for all participants.

Jennifer Mistriel, 26, came to the event accompanied by her three children: Beth, 7, Stephanie, 5, and Joey, 3.

Mistriel has accompanied her children to the hunt for the past three years and this year the wicker basket was especially heavy with candy.

"I think (the event) is great," Mistriel said. "The kids can come out and do something and enjoy it."

With her son in one arm and a candy-filled basket in the other, Yesinia Fernandez, 30, summed up her hunt with a smile:

"We didn't win anything, but just coming out here was fun."

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