The Waldo Farmer’s and Flea Market held its annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday April 4th. The free event, which has grown annually, is now in its eighth year. The Waldo Farmers and Flea Market sponsors the Easter egg and scavenger hunt for children 10 and younger as well as their families. This year’s event featured 2,200 hidden plastic Easter eggs containing candy, scavenger hunt prizes, free gifts as well as free pictures with the Easter Bunny.

Over 400 children, Led by the Easter Bunny, along with their families, paraded to the taped-off field, filled with unique hiding places such as tires, barrels, palm fronds as well as hay and pine straw piles. The children could hardly wait to rush into the field grabbing the eggs while shouting out upon finding their treasures.

Within a half-hour, 2,200 eggs were gone!

The children who found scavenger hunt prizes in their eggs, (slips of paper containing a vendor-booth location), then began their quest throughout the market for more treasure, checking booths and receiving prizes.

One gold and one silver egg were hidden in the field. Children who found these eggs won a cash prize — $50 for the gold egg and $20 for the silver.

More than 400 children registered for the event, which is about 75 more than registered last year, Sally Blakewood said. In the event’s first year, organizers only planted 800 eggs — this year they were up to 2,200.

“It just keeps getting bigger every year,” she said. “And every year we keep adding eggs.
One of the reasons for the events success, Sally Blakewood said, is the flea market’s rural location. We get kids from all over, some a far away as 100 miles.

Vicci Mills, who works with the Healthy Start | WellFlorida Council, commented it was great to see so many kids be so excited and to get to talk to the families today. Vicci stated this year she handed out every book and music egg shaker she had. 350 books and 400 egg shakers!

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