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Bates to host annual Easter Egg Hunt



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March 26, 2014
Bates Nut Farm Fourth Annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Saturday, April 12 and with more than 5,000 eggs to be found, no child will walk away without an egg.

The day will begin with Easter crafts from 9:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. Four to six tables will be set up for making hats and flowers and face painting.

There will also be a raffle and 50/50 drawing for those who wish to try their luck. This year's raffle grand prize is a bicycle. Prizes will be distributed by color coded tickets. Different colored tickets corresponding with different toys on the tables should keep the prize distribution running smooth.

"The Easter Egg Hunt goes on what is donated," said Elizabeth Usher, coordinator for the event. "If the donations can't fit in an Easter egg they are placed on tables."

The donation of toys is for ages up to eleven years-old.

"It is a challenge to find toys for those under three," said Usher. Rubber duckies and empty Easter eggs will be available for the tiniest of Easter Egg hunters.

The Easter Egg Hunt begins at 10:30 a.m. and ends at noon. Bates Nut Farm donated 1,000 filled eggs of the 5,000 donated, making sure there is abundance of Easter eggs doubling the amount of last year's collection.

"There is a mixture of toys and candy," said Usher. "Every other egg is different."

The Easter eggs are hidden in grass that has remained uncut for weeks

"This year we're going on the other side of the driveway," said Usher.

Strings are used to designate boundaries in huge areas of the park to divide the age groups. Then the eggs are scattered. Local High School students help with the event.

"We put the word out to all the High School clubs," Usher said. "It's a good experience for students and something they can relate to."

On hand for photographs will be the Easter Bunny who will also ride with the kids on the fire truck and tractor.

Traditionally the Valley Center Easter Egg Hunt was held in Bell Garden. Recalling how much fun her kids had at the egg hunts, Usher asked a friend what she thought about putting together an Easter Egg Hunt. The first year the hunt was held at Adams Park when 100 attended. The second year Bates Nut Farm was asked to provide the location.

Bates Nut Farm has been so helpful," said Usher. "We're overjoyed to be there. I'm thrilled that they're letting us have the hunt there."

Each successive year the egg hunt response has grown.

"It's kind of scary," Usher said. "Last year, the third year, my husband did a count. At 750 to 800 he quit counting. That's a great turnout. Now it's huge."

Hunting Easter Eggs isn't the only thing to do at the farm which is tucked away in an oak-filled valley.

"For the out-of-town families there are a lot of things to do. There is a large park area and there are live animals," said Usher. "They can visit for part of the day, relax and have lunch."

The annual Easter Egg Hunt at Bates Nut Farm offers Easter fun for the entire family. Admission is free. Bates Nut Farm is located at located at 15954 Woods Valley Road, Valley Center.

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