By Raina Lynch

2021-04-14 20:57:15

It was a beautiful early spring afternoon when more than 125 children from our community and others gathered with their families at the Kiowa County Court House lawn to meet the Easter Bunny and hunt for his candy-filled eggs. A sight for sore eyes it was, after more than a year of quarantine, social distancing, and cancelled events to see all the little ones in their cute Easter dresses and suites, running around with their baskets filled with grass.  Smiles were the only thing masking their little faces as they searched for the eggs the Bunny left for them to find. 
Riki Cordova has done an amazing job of organizing and getting donations to make the Community Easter Egg Hunt possible.  It started in 2018 and has continued each year except for 2020, when COVID restrictions made it impossible to do the traditional Community event.  Riki did not let that stop her from spreading Easter joy to the boys and girls of our community.  Instead, she placed large, numbered eggs at different locations around town, where families could drive, walk, or ride bikes around to find each numbered egg and write their location down and take their papers into Crows Stop and Shop for a free Icee.  It was not the same, but it was a great way to get out of our houses and spend time together, and in times like those it was something we all needed.  Though Riki does a great job, she does not do it alone, “Thank you to all the people that helped me put this together! From donations to volunteers, I couldn't have done it without them!”
This year, Riki tells us that there were more than 125 kids who attended the Community Easter Egg Hunt, and each kid that went to see the Easter Bunny was given a free kite
and a ticket for a drawing after the hunt was over.  The ages for the hunt were walking through 2nd grade.  The east lawn was for walking to pre-k aged kids and the west lawn was for Kindergarten to 2nd graders.  Riki said that normally there is a relay race for 3rd and up but with Covid still being an issue she decided to bring back the town hunt for the older kids. There were 5 golden egg winners that received the candy Easter baskets including Ryker Lenox, Lexi McCracken, Grayson Weber, Remi Hyman, and Jaxon Bohlander.   For the town egg hunt, there were 24 eggs hidden around town where any kid could hunt for them and turn in their complete paper into Crow’s Grocery Store for a free Icee.  The town hunt was Saturday at 8 AM through Sunday at 6 PM.  Itzi Ramirez, Eads Elementary 4th grader, was the first one to complete the town hunt! Riki stated, “My favorite part is seeing everyone around town looking for the eggs. We had people walking, driving, riding bikes, and driving golf carts around looking for the eggs! Loved getting the texts/calls about "hints" from everyone, including a past schoolteacher who was out enjoying some family time!! A special thank you to the 24 community members that allowed me to put an egg in your yard!”
Because of the generous donations, every kid that stayed after the hunt for the drawing got something special such as, chocolate bunnies, toys, coloring sets, bubbles, and stuffed animals.  And for the tiniest hunters jump ropes, and more.  Each of those prizes also had a gift certificate to a local business taped to it.  The gift certificates were provided by, Hometown Gas & Grill (pizzas), Prairie Pines (swim passes), Crow’s Stop & Shop Grocery (candy surprise), and the Crow-Luther Cultural Events Center (candy, pop, ice cream, and movie passes).
Rest assured, Riki has informed us that she is already excited and planning for the Community Easter Egg hunt 2022!


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