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April 3, 2010

Children race to find the hidden prizes

STILLWATER, Okla. — A 6-year-old sits at the edge of a field with his concentration fixed solely on eating the candy grasped in his hands.

Brayden Bottger has just finished the Frontier School Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday morning. His brother Connor, 9, sat across from him opening a yellow and blue egg for its hidden treats.

The boys attended the hunt with their three brothers and mother Shannon Bottger.

The family lives in Ponca City, which is in the Frontier School District.

“It was fun,” Shannon Bottger said.

Frontier Community Education Director Jana Potter said she began the hunt about 16 years ago when her daughter was younger.

At the time, she was a parent, but it quickly became a school event. Later, the school’s community education director started coordinating the event.

Now, it’s back in Potter’s hands.

It is still a success. Potter estimated approximately 150-200 people attended Saturday.

“The kids enjoy it,” Potter said. “Some of these kids that bring their kids out were the ones that came when it started.”

Courtney Burgess said it is good event for her two daughters and son to attend. The Red Rock family also met with the Easter bunny for pictures.

The annual Easter hunt was one of several Saturday. Children raced to find the hidden eggs on the Oklahoma State University campus as part of the open house for the OSU Center for Veterinary Health Sciences.

Among the families were Anna Teague of Stillwater and her son Payton. Teague quietly pointed out the various eggs scattered across the field as they waited for the hunt to start.

Afterwards Mike Metzger of Edmond helped his daughter Allison check her eggs for candy and prizes.

In all, it was a tradition that delighted children.

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