Despite being a bit cool, the Port Stanley Community Policing Easter Egg Hunt followed
established Port Stanley tradition, children engaged in a frenzied hunt for eggs
- of the Easter variety, that is. After almost twenty years, this Easter Egg Hunt
continues to be one of Port Stanley's most popular events, one that brings together
the young and the young at heart for some great Easter fun.
Before the Easter Egg Hunt begins Stanley Rabbit, and many of children, parents
and grandparents all meet at the Port Stanley Library for 10:30 a.m. while representatives
from the Port Stanley Community Policing, hosts for the parade and Easter Egg Hunt,
put some final touches to the Easter Egg Hunt site in front of the Legion.
Shortly before eleven Stanley Rabbit gathers the children and leads the parade across
the King George lift bridge and then on to the Port Stanley Legion Cenotaph Park.
When they got to the park the children could see scattered painted rocks all over
the lawn, with the park entirely roped off with yellow crime scene tape by the Elgin
County Detachment of the OPP.
The roped off park tested the patience of most children, as a Port Stanley Community
Policing member welcomed everyone to this years Easter Egg Hunt. As the countdown
started, small children strained at the tape in anticipation. When the countdown
ended, the Port Stanley Community Policing member cut the tape and the mad dash
was on, with children running everywhere to collect the painted rocks. No rhyme,
no reason, no pattern, no logic - just a darting in any direction the eye caught
a glimmer of the prize. When all the rocks have been collected the kids turn them
in to the Port Stanley Community Policing members to be traded for real chocolate
This is where the Port Stanley Community Policing produces their magic trick each
year of turning painted rocks into chocolate Easter Eggs. Regardless of how many
coloured rocks a child had gathered, even if they had not gathered any, they got
to trade in their basket of rocks for a lovely basket of fully edible Easter goodies.
Stanley Rabbit was in the thick of it, with children waiting to greet him and the
odd one corralled by a parent for a quick photo op.
After the hunt many of the children get their fingerprints done by the OPP. Many
parents also treat their children to the Easter Bunny Port Stanley Terminal Rail
Train following the hunt in the park.
Easter Bunny trains run this weekend, as well, so keep you eyes on your
chocolate eggs in case the egg snitch is on board that train. Happy Easter!