KENT, Ohio -- Easter is no longer just for bunnies and children. Friday night an “egg-citing” event was held in Kent for adults only.
Organizers called it an “Adult Egg Scramble,” and about 500 people hopped on down to Fred Fuller Park to participate in the Easter egg hunt.
“People are so excited,” said Nancy Pizzino, Recreation Supervisor with the Kent Parks and Recreation Dept.
Nancy saw other cities holding the unique hunts and pitched the idea to her boss. She says they “egg-spected” a few dozen people to show up but instead a huge crowd gathered for a chance to win some incredible prizes.
For the price of a $10 ticket, participants could win a brand new bicycle, Droid tablet or 40” flatscreen TV.
There was $2,700 worth of prizes up for grabs, with tickets hidden in 1,000 eggs.
Thirteen were big-ticket items, but there was a total of 92 gift certificates and other cool stuff to win.
“I’m very excited,” said Beth Oswitch. “I’m like a little kid at heart and this is fun.”
Jean Reid added, “You can be a grown up without acting adult about it, you know what I mean.”
But there was a catch.
Since it was an adults only event, Nancy said, they had to make the egg hunt more challenging.
For starters, it didn’t begin until after 8:30 p.m., and people could only carry a flashlight and bag, but that seemed to only increase the fun factor.
“I came all the way from Brimfield to win a big screen TV,” said Brian White.
Even Kent Mayor Jerry Fiala stopped by just to take in the sight.
“I didn’t really come to collect eggs. I just came to here to be here to watch the people. I enjoy that,” said Mayor Fiala.
The event was such a huge success Nancy said they are already talking about how to improve it for next year.
However, first they must get through the children’s Easter egg hunt Saturday.
That event is free to the public and will be divided into four age groups.
Five-thousand eggs will spread out at Fred Fuller Park.
That event kicks off at 12:30 p.m.