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  • Big Brutus hosts annual Easter egg hunt

  • After 20 years or more of hosting the Big Brutus Easter Egg Hunt, Betty Becker knows a thing or two about how it goes. And her description is almost exactly right.

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  • After 20 years or more of hosting the Big Brutus Easter Egg Hunt, Betty Becker knows a thing or two about how it goes. And her description is almost exactly right.
    “We take kids up to the age of 12, and including 12-year-olds,” said Becker, the Big Brutus manager. “We’ve had this for many years, and it’s always a good turnout. It starts at 3:30 and it’s usually over by 3:35.”
    She was only almost right. The Easter egg hunt was over by roughly 3:40, as each of the three age groups (9-12, 5-8 and 1-4 years old) went through a flagged search area hunting for eggs. At the word “Go,” the children swarmed the area like a herd of locusts, or perhaps spread like a wildfire would be a better analogy.
    But while the wave of children move through the area, there may be a few children who get left behind, who may not find any eggs before the supply is exhausted. The Easter egg hunt organizers thought about that, too.
    “We always have a few spare eggs, so if there were any kids who didn’t get any, they can pick a few out from the basket,” Becker said. “It’s really done to see the children, and how happy they are, but some get sad if they don’t get any prizes. We like everyone to go home happy.”
    And there were plenty of prizes to go around to make everyone happy. Some eggs contained prizes, like t-shirts, hats and flying discs. But just the hunt for eggs and the sight of Big Brutus was enough for some.
    Rebekah Hale brought her children Sadie, 4, and Zoe, 1 1/2, from their home in Columbus for a “great family day.” Hale said the event was a great opportunity for her children.
    “There’s not as many as in Columbus. Not as many kids. So we’re not having to compete as hard,” said Rebekah Hale.
    “I like Big Brutus, Mommy,” interrupted Sadie. “It’s big. It touches the sky.”
    While Friday’s event had beautiful weather, sunny and pleasant, there have been less fortunate years for the Easter egg hunt.
    “We’ve had many calls from around the area asking about the weather. We will have it rain or shine. We usually get to have it outdoors,” Becker said.
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