Easter egg hunt

Mason Milloway, 19 months old, picks up an Easter egg at last year’s hunt. This year’s Cove hunt starts at 9 a.m. March 23.

The Easter Bunny is slated to make a personal appearance at the annual Easter egg hunt hosted by the city of Copperas Cove at 9 a.m. March 23.

Now in its 30th year,, the free event has moved back to the site of the city’s first Easter egg hunt: Fester’s House in City Park, 1206 W. Avenue B.

Fester’s House was named after a rabbit named Fester, according to the city.

“This event has become a tradition, and we have a very good turnout for it,” said Mark Willingham, Copperas Cove parks and recreation coordinator. “It’s a socially active holiday tradition that promotes bonding in our community and a way (for the city) to say thanks.”

10,000 eggs

About 10,000 eggs stuffed with wrapped candies and toys will be distributed over three hunts divided by age groups. Two “golden eggs” containing gift certificates for Easter baskets filled with treats also will be hidden in each division.

“The Easter egg hunt is mainly for ages 2 to 12, but other children are welcome,” Willingham said.

The hunt for children ages 3 and younger begins at 10 a.m., ages 4-8 at 10:30 a.m. and ages 9-12 at 11 a.m.

Refreshments available

Barbara Coleman, owner of Coleman Shaved Ice, will set up her food trailer to sell iced drinks, hot dogs and Frito Pies. She also will provide free drinks such as coffee and cocoa and free shaved ices to children with Easter baskets.

“Since we started business July of last year, I’ve been trying to help out city parks,” Coleman said. “I’m out there for baseball tournaments and other sporting events. I gave away free coffee and cocoa for Fishing in the Park, and shaved ice drinks for Halloween.”

Other event sponsors are H-E-B and the Copperas Cove Chamber of Commerce.

For more information, call the parks and recreation department at (254) 542-2719.

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