Winn-Dixie holds ‘eggciting’ event

Renee' LaBauve
A crowd gathers around the Easter Bunny to see the one of a kind items to be raffled off during the Winn- Dixie Annual Easter Egg Hunt Saturday in Prairieville.

“Getting Better All the Time” may be the slogan that the Prairieville Winn-Dixie used for its fourth Annual Easter Egg Hunt Saturday, but the event is also getting bigger.

The store, located on Airline Highway, held the annual event from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., drawing a large crowd of kids and adults.

The Easter egg hunt was started Winn-Dixie’s Center Store Manager Megan Willis.

As a child, Willis experienced Easter egg hunts in her home town of Denham Springs and has never forgotten the experience.

While surveying the crowd of children Saturday, Willis said, “I hope these kids grow up and remember coming to Easter egg hunts like I did.”

The annual event was full of activities and contests such as a coloring contest, Easter egg dying, face painting, balloons, an inflatable slide, a space walk and a picture taking station where everyone could take a picture with the Easter Bunny with their own camera.

And, of course, there was the main event, the Easter egg hunt itself.

The egg gatherers were divided into three groups, ages 1-4, ages 5-8, and ages 9-12. There were hundreds of plastic eggs hidden under hay.

The youngest group had two golden eggs, which were found by Jordan Cooper and DeDe Chaulsett.

Lillie Pastrick and Serena Alaniz discovered the silver eggs and were the lucky winners in the middle and oldest age groups. The children were rewarded with Easter baskets full of treats.

Concessions and raffles where sold during the event.

“This helps to pay for the inflatables,” Willis said.  “Everything else is donated and free.”

The prizes raffled off were one of a kind items, including a 13-inch television, a Bud-n-Boil table used for eating crawfish and an easy -up tent.

“I work all year on collecting these items from vendors for the raffle,” said Winn Dixie’s Inventory Control Manager Evie Willis.

The mobile Life Share Blood Center, Life Church of Ascension Parish, Party Perfection, and New Country 100.7 The Tiger were on the scene, as well.

It takes many Winn Dixie employees to pull this event together, yet each year the Easter Egg hunt grows bigger and better.