Despite Rain Egg Hunt Draws Large Crowd In Merrill

The Merrill Optimists Saturday Easter egg hunt may just go down in history as one of the shortest egg hunts of all time thanks to the rain. But kids and parents alike didn't let the soggy weather dampen their Easter spirits.

"We had decided we were going to come and we already told them about it. So when it was raining they said 'We still want to go.' So, here we are." mom of five Jessica Kildahl laughed.

For Jessica's daughter Annika, the rain was the best part. Although not all her sisters agreed with her, they all had fun splashing through the puddles and digging through the snow to get their hands on some eggs.

"I counted by tens and then I got up to 40," Annika told NewsChannel 7.

Annika's luck isn't surprising, as the Merrill Optimists hid more than 2,000 eggs throughout Lions Park. Everyone, including adults, were on the hunt for eggs containing their candy of choice. Favorites ran the gamut, ranging from bubble gum to Reeses Pieces.

The Easter bunny also made an appearance and took pictures with families, including the Kildahls.

"This was our first time coming here and we thought it was really wonderful and we were glad that it still went on in the rain . So, definitely do it next year," Jessica encouraged.

Carrie Cordova who organized this year's hunt told NewsChannel 7 that variables like the rain is what sets the Optimist Easter Egg Hunt apart because the event is held outside rain or shine.

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