Archive for Thursday, April 12, 2007

Weather can’t spoil annual Easter event

April 12, 2007

Even without grass or warm temperatures outside, Rainbow Experience Preschool's annual Easter Egg Hunt drew hundreds of children to Baker University's campus Saturday.

Gusty winds and temperatures in the 30-40 degree range forced Rainbow to move the event inside the Collins Center late last week. The new location didn't take away from the fun Saturday morning though.

"It's a great event," Baldwin City resident Rob Murry said Saturday. "I absolutely love it inside this year. It's nice of Baker to do this."

The number of people that showed up, considering the weather and the late change in location, impressed event coordinator Kimberlie Pempin.

"I thought the turnout was pretty good, since people might not have known about the switch," Pempin said. "Some people probably didn't come out because of the weather, but we still had a good turnout."

Hundreds of children and parents attended the annual event, which featured free balloons, games, races, face painting, photographs with the Easter Bunny and, of course, the egg hunt.

Each age group of children lined the basketball floor as the eggs were spread out. Once they were told to go, all of the children rushed out on the floor, filling their baskets with eggs.

"I was a little pessimistic about having the egg hunt inside," Pempin said. "Then I saw all of the kids all rush after the eggs. It ended up being really cute with all of the kids on the court."

David Petry and his daughter, Katelyn, traveled from Olathe to be at the event. Petry is a friend of Baldwin City resident Joy Huntsinger, so his 5-year-old daughter has been to the egg hunt before. They both enjoyed the event inside this year.

"She has been up here a few times," Petry said of his daughter. "She really enjoys it. This is my first time coming up here with her."

Rainbow also held a silent auction Saturday. Shanaye McBride, auction coordinator, estimated that it raised $1,300 for the preschool.

Once again, MidAmerica Bank was the sponsor for the event. MidAmerica Bank President Dave Hill enjoyed the event Saturday.

"I thought the turnout was great," Hill said. "I thought it would be less, but it was a lot of fun. We love being a part of it. It's a great community event for the parents and the kids."

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