By THERESA PETERSON
NORWAY - More than 15,000 eggs - and hundreds of prizes - await youngsters in the 18th Annual Norway Community Easter Egg Hunt at Marion Park Saturday.
Theresa Peterson/Daily News Photo
Some area youngsters try out the prizes to be given away at the 18th Annual Norway Easter Egg Hunt. Pictured from left are Dalton Gustavson, Colton Lord, McKinlee Peterson, Clarice Keith, Johnathon Keith and Carter Gustavson.
This volunteer-driven free event is a tradition in the Norway area. Children aged zero to 10 years old come from throughout the area to participate, organizers said.
The Norway Community Easter Egg Hunt was started by Mary Spera, said Becky Kleikamp of Norway.
"This will be the third year that myself, my family and Liane Dunn have been running it," Kleikamp said. "It is always the day before Easter."
Demonstrating the popularity of the event, Kleikamp said the actual "hunt" doesn't last very long.
"Last year my husband, Terry, timed it and it was seven seconds and all 15,000-plus eggs were picked up," she said. "It was amazing."
This year's hunt is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. Line-up begins at 12:45 p.m. at the park.
Children are separated into four age groups with prizes and three grand prizes in each group.
The grand prizes for the zero to three year old age group include a Dora Bike donated by Standard Electric-Wittock Supply Co.; Franchesco Power Wheels donated by Standard Electric-Wittock Supply Co.; and Cars Bike donated by Sons of the American Legion of Norway.
Ages 0-3 may have one parent accompany them into collect eggs. In all other age groups, only children are allowed to hunt.
New bicycles are the three grand prizes in the 4-5 year age group. Two of the bikes are donated by Forward Financial Credit Union; and a third is bike donated by ERA Chevrolet of Norway.
In the 6-7 years age group, the grand prizes are a bike donated by the Sons of the American Legion of Norway; a pool-pizza party at Pine Mountain Lodge donated by Pine Mountain Lodge, and a bike donated by Norway Granite & Marble of Norway.
Grand prizes in the 8-10 year-old age group are a pool-pizza party at Pine Mountain Lodge donated by Kaad Family Dentistry; a bike donated by Dr. Paul Hayes MD; and a bike donated by Coleman Engineering.
Other major contributors include MBM Construction, Back in Motion, Dickinson Area Community Foundation, RAS Distributing, Off the Wall Video, McDonalds, Pizza Hut, Town & Country Ford, Norway Fire Department and Cloots & Swanson.
Flash the fire dog of Forever Fire Safety will also be on hand to greet the children.
Besides the grand prizes, there will be two drawing prizes this year, Kleikamp said.
"We are also trying something new this year," she said. "We have two prizes that we would like the parents to bring their children over to the pavilion and get a free drawing ticket for a chance to win. One prize is a Show Stopper Cake from Andrea's Sweet Designs of Niagara, Wis., and the second prize is a Super 8 Pool Party."
Each child may get one ticket, and two tickets will be drawn to win.
"We will draw the two winning tickets before the countdown for the run at 1 p.m. and put a sign up by the pavilion with the two drawing numbers, so come to the announcer (Terry) to claim your prize with your ticket after you collect your eggs so that we can get a picture of you with the other grand prize winner," she said.
Children are advised to wear appropriate clothing for the hunt.
"There is still a few feet of snow at Marion Park and some rather large snowbanks so plan on wearing your snow boots," Kleikamp said.
"Terry and I went to Marion Park on Saturday to clean out the pavilion and it had two to three feet of snow in it. Needless to say, after five hours we only had half of it shoveled and that has 4 inches of ice under it so, we will be wearing our boots, too," she said.
All prizes must be claimed by 3 p.m. on the day of the event.
"Local businesses have been very generous with there donations this year as in the past so that we can offer a free, fun-filled day for all of the great children that come every year," Kleikamp said.
Below is a list of some of the sponsors:
Standard Electric-Wittock Supply Co.
Norway Granite & Marble
Back in Motion
Forward Financial Credit Union
Sons of The American Legion
Dickinson Area Community Foundation-T. Juul
Dr. Robert Pultz DDS
A+ Communications-Clarence Christian
1st National Bank of Norway
1st National Bank of IM-Kingsford
Cutting Edge Beauty Salon
Dr. Larry Bourdeau DDS
Gallery of Floors
Green Bay Packers
Hall's True Value
Holy Spirit School
Iron Mnt. Animal Hospital
Iron Mnt/Kings Credit Union
Iron Mnt. Power Sport
Terry & Becky Kleikamp/B. Kleikamp Daycare
Ted & Jeanne Kleikamp & Fam.
Tim & Michelle Kleikamp & Fam.
Mark & Debbie Mileski
Sara & Brandon Baldwin
Sarah & Mark Thaler
Liane Dunn/Donny Arnold & Fam.
Lofholm's Building Center
Main Street Pizza
Councilman Lee Meneghini
Norway/Florence Auto Parts-Car Quest
Norway Community Credit Union
Norway Eye Care
Jim & Debbie Peterson
Pine Mountain Lodge
Ray's Feed Mill
River Valley Bank
Rocconi Ace Hardware
Stone Road Coffee & Decor
Super 8 Motel
Super One Foods
Tavernini Insurance Co.
The Miller Agency, Inc.
The Drug Store
Town & Country Ford
U.P. Health-Dr. Kristen Ball
Finch & Finch Attorney at Law
Patti & Don Arnold
U.P. Cycle & Sport
Norway Fire Dept.
Mouw & Celello Attorney at Law
Dr. Ted Fornetti DDS
Dr. John Fornetti DDS
U.P. Logon-Computer Connections
Murvich Chiropractic-Spinal Solutions
Cloots & Swanson
Kaad Family Dentistry
Cafe Java Rays
Universal Plumbing and Heating
Inland Power Group
Kathy Bubloni-Cut Me Loose Hair Salon
Turri Tax & Accounting
1st National Bank of Niagara
Off the Wall Video
Marcoullier's Super Market
Andrea's Sweet Design
E. Jay Olivares Attorney at Law
Janet & Rick Bath
Milwaukee Broach & Tool
Mike's on Main
Theresa Peterson's e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.