Columbus Fire Department hosts annual Easter egg hunt at Stearns Park
Published 12:10 pm Tuesday, April 19, 2022
5th annual event has huge turnout, 7,000 eggs
COLUMBUS––On the Saturday before Easter, the Columbus Fire Department hosted their 5th annual Easter egg hunt for children of the community.
Excluding the years that Covid-19 postponed public gatherings, the Easter egg hunt has taken place for 5 years. Last Saturday, the event took place at Stearns Park in downtown Columbus from 11am to 2pm. According to Columbus Fire Chief Tony Priester, around 300 children showed up with Easter baskets to hunt eggs.
Columbus Fire Department provided around 6,000 plastic eggs filled with either candy or small prizes. Including donations there was a total of around 7,000 eggs.
While the event was hosted by Columbus Fire Department, they had volunteers from Mill Spring First Baptist Church, Midway Baptist Church, and Columbus Baptist Church, each providing activities and games for children. Discover Columbus also volunteered to help.
The Easter Bunny also made an appearance to take pictures with children and help them hunt eggs.
Chief Priester says, “Our fire department is community oriented. We want to give back to the community, and that’s just one of our outreaches that we do. We want to bring our hometown feeling back to Columbus and Polk County, and that’s one way of doing it. We also want to start having more things for our kids and families that’s clean and fun for them to do.”