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The hunt is on: Easter events abound throughout weekend for families to enjoy

Leo Sullivan, 6, races to pick up another Easter egg during a hunt at Lake Lillian City Park in Lake Lillian on Saturday, April 16, 2022.
Leo Sullivan, 6, races to pick up another Easter egg during a hunt at Lake Lillian City Park in Lake Lillian on Saturday, April 16, 2022.
Macy Moore / West Central Tribune

WILLMAR — Saturday's high of 40 degrees didn't deter the eagerness of area youngsters, who dressed up in vibrant Easter colors for a morning of Easter egg hunting activities scattered around Kandiyohi County.

Everly Litzau, 5, cracks open her Easter eggs to see what kind of candy she secured following Saturday morning's Easter egg hunt at Lake Lillian City Park in Lake Lillian April 16, 2022.
Everly Litzau, 5, cracks open her Easter eggs to see what kind of candy she secured following Saturday morning's Easter egg hunt at Lake Lillian City Park in Lake Lillian on April 16, 2022.
Macy Moore / West Central Tribune

Early in the day, children and their families crammed into an activities room over at the Willmar Public Library for arts and crafts, pictures with the Easter bunny and the grand finale of an egg hunt downstairs among the countless rows of books.

Due to the popularity of the event the previous time it was held in 2019, the event was limited to participants and had two sessions throughout the morning. Each child was able to walk away with five eggs.

Easter-related events took place throughout the region, including egg hunts in Lake Lillian, Willmar and New London.

Bags of Easter eggs await being put out for children to collect them during the NL Ambassador Annual Pancake Feed & Easter Egg Hunt at the New London American Legion the morning of Saturday, April 16, 2022.
Bags of Easter eggs await being put out for children to collect them during the NL Ambassador Annual Pancake Feed and Easter Egg Hunt at the New London American Legion the morning of Saturday, April 16, 2022.
Macy Moore / West Central Tribune

Later in the morning, bundled-up kiddos gathered at the Lake Lillian City Park for a hunt and additional prizes.

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In addition, the New London Ambassador Annual Pancake Feed & Easter Egg Hunt was an ongoing event throughout the morning hours, where kids and families could partake in an indoor egg hunt, enjoy a proper pancake breakfast, silent auction, bake sale and bike giveaway.

Mother Danika Smith, at right, holds out an Easter egg for her daughter, Amelia Smith, 10 months, Saturday morning during the New London Ambassador Annual Pancake Feed & Easter Egg Hunt at the American Legion in New London.
Mother Danika Smith, at right, holds out an Easter egg for her daughter, Amelia Smith, 10 months, Saturday morning during the New London Ambassador Annual Pancake Feed and Easter Egg Hunt at the American Legion in New London.
Macy Moore / West Central Tribune

Macy Moore is an award-winning photojournalist at the West Central Tribune in Willmar, Minnesota.
She can be reached via email: mmoore@wctrib.com or phone: 320.214.4338.
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