It wasn't your average Easter egg hunt.
Instead of looking for eggs outside as in previous years, the kids who participated in the fifth annual Ann Smeltzer Charitable Trust Easter Egg Hunt Saturday received their eggs inside the Fort Dodge Public Library.
Delpha Holtzman, chairperson of the Ann Smeltzer Education Committee, said the decision to move the event indoors was because of the weather.
-Messenger photo by Joe Sutter
Kennedie Davalos, 6, drums on her Easter egg basket, thinking about all the eggs she’ll collect at the annual Smeltzer Family Easter Egg Hunt.
"It was really snowy and icy outside, and we thought the kids might slip and fall," she said. "This was the first time we'd ever held it inside."
Despite the move from the library's front lawn, Holtzman said the 150 kids, who were between 3 and 8 years old, didn't seem to mind.
"We were very pleased with how it turned out," she said. "We had marked lines on the floor with tape for the kids to sit down, and they all followed along very well. They were very polite and attentive."
Volunteers carrying bags of plastic eggs gave 12 to each child who had a ticket. Holtzman said each egg contained two pieces of candy.
After the 2,000 eggs were given out, a drawing was held for children to win gift certificates. Each child also received sidewalk chalk for taking part in the Easter egg hunt.
Holtzman said in addition to being a fun event for the kids, organizers hoped to make it educational as well.
"We ask them to empty the candy into their bags and to recycle the eggs," she said. "That way we can use them again next year. It's teaching the kids about recycling."
Last year about three-fourths of the eggs were recycled, according to Holtzman. This meant fewer eggs needed to be bought this year, which saved money for the organizers.
Because of the success of the indoor event, Holtzman said they now have a back-up plan for future Easter egg hunts.
"If we have inclement weather another year, we know we can now have it inside," she said.
She said she looks forward to the event every year.
"This is our fifth year and we plan to continue with it," she said. "It's always nice to see the delightful little faces on the kids when they get their Easter eggs."