There was a great turnout for the 3rd Annual Great Easter Egg Hunt with A&W Steinbach and the Mennonite Heritage Village as around 1,100 people joined in the fun on Saturday morning. The doors only opened at 10am and a line-up had already formed by 9:30am.

Kids of all ages were eager to check out the activities and gather some chocolates.

Faith Therrien says her strategy to collect chocolate eggs was to pick a spot and then gather each one that fell around her. 

She chose the perfect spot and walked away with quite a haul. 

Her plans for all those chocolate eggs? 

“I’m going to share them with my family, I guess.” 

Darian Blasko says it’s important to strategize ahead of time to make sure you collect the most chocolate eggs possible. 

“We were talking in the car about kneeling down on the ground with my arms out, and my sister pushes me by the legs like a vacuum.” 

While his sister, Sierra, didn’t buy into that strategy, both children still managed to collect plenty of chocolate eggs. 

@steinbach_online The Great Easter Egg Hunt happened today at Mennonite Heritage Village! A&W brought coffee and 45,000 chocolate eggs to share! So much chocolate…so much fun! Thanks to A&W, Mennonite Heritage Village, MIX 96.7, Country 107 for a great time! And thanks to Kismet Creek and Steinbach Family Resource Centre for making even more fun with bunnies, chicks and face painting! #happyeaster #lotsofchocolate #aandwcanada ♬ Ukulele Island - Lux-Inspira

There were many families at the 3rd Annual Great Easter Egg Hunt, including Kerrian Johnson with her three children. 

“We got some eggs, and it was wonderful. It was lots of fun. They had lots of fun. Arianna is 3 and she had a really good time running around trying to get the little eggs and the candies. It was really, really, really good.” 

Johnson says the event was a great way to connect with other families. 

“I absolutely loved it! I think this is a great idea. It's nice for families to get together and to meet new people. We are new to this community, so it's really nice feeling to be out, to see so many kids and so many people, so many families coming together to have fun. It was really good.” 

Johnson also appreciated the free coffee bar which was provided by A & W, along with approximately 45,000 chocolate eggs. 

Steinbach Family Resource Centre also joined in the fun by offering colouring pages and face painting. The kids also had an opportunity to pet a chicken and some chicks, as well as a few bunnies from Kismet Creek Farm.  

The 2-hour community event was free to attend, and people were encouraged to bring a tin for the bin to support the local food bank. 

-With files from Carly Koop. Nathan Dyck at MHV also contributed with numerous photos.