Easter egg hunt in Oak Grove

OAK GROVE-Sunday’s weather was tailor-made for an Easter egg hunt, and the Oak Grove community wasn’t disappointed as hundreds of children gathered baskets of colorful candy-filled plastic eggs from the lawn of the Oak Grove Volunteer Fire Department.

“The egg hunts began around 1956, so they’ve been going on for more than 50 years now,” said Dick Sams, a former chief of the Oak Grove VFD.

He said the event has become a tradition that many parents who attended Sunday’s egg hunt with their children remember participating in when they were kids.

“Our kids were doing this when they were young, and one of my sons is 36 years old now,” said current assistant fire chief Mike Harris. “But we used to have hard-boiled eggs that members of the community would donate. We’d color the eggs and then set them out for the egg hunt.”

He said the annual Easter egg hunt and “Santa Run” at Christmas are two events designed to thank the community for its support of the department.

“We try to give something back because the community is so generous with their support,” Harris said.

Caleb and Andrea Runion were attending their first Oak Grove Easter egg hunt Sunday with two-year-old daughter Sophia.

“We just recently moved into this area, and we like it,” Andrea said. “And we’re meeting a lot of our new neighbors at this egg hunt.”

Josh Farley of Reno brought his two-year-old son Joel to the egg hunt.

“This is our first time here, and it’s pretty nice,” Josh said. “All the kids have been sharing their eggs with each other so everyone gets a prize ticket.”

Sams explained that, while many of the eggs were filled with candy, some also contained a numbered slip of paper that qualified the child to pick out a special prize from a pile of gifts inside the fire department.

He said proceeds from the department’s annual ice cream social helps fund the yearly Easter egg hunts.

Sams added that the event also gives kids from the community a chance to get an up-close view of the department’s fire and rescue vehicles.