Cold Lake Erie winds blow Easter Bunny into town

Mar 26, 2024 | Featured, Around Ottawa County | 0 comments

About 150 kids braved the cold and wind to hunt for Easter eggs. (Photo by Sheri Trusty)


It was all about the hugs and the hunt at Lakeview Park on March 23. Thirty-degree weather and lake winds didn’t keep the Easter Bunny from visiting the park, so it didn’t keep nearly 150 kids from showing up to get bunny hugs and to hunt for the 5,000 eggs and 2,500 rubber duckies scattered across the park.

The Easter Egg Hunt was hosted by the City of Port Clinton with the help of several sponsors and was organized by Port Clinton Administrative Assistant Sandye Ostheimer.

Ten-year-old Brynn Schenko of Port Clinton won a grand prize basket at the City of Port Clinton Easter Egg Hunt on March 23. (Photo by Sheri Trusty)

The children found eggs filled with candy and other prizes, including tickets for 12 grand prize baskets filled with candy and gifts. Ten-year-old Brynn Schenko of Port Clinton found a grand prize egg and chose a basket with a stuffed animal.

“I picked this because I like the chicken,” Schenko said. “It was fun getting the eggs and a lot of candy.”

Port Clinton Mayor Mike Snider escorts the Easter Bunny off the fire truck. (Photo by Sheri Trusty)

Seven-year-old Hunter Green of Port Clinton attended the Easter Egg Hunt with his grandmother, Donna Pemrod, and his aunt, Mary Van Loan. It was Green’s first ever Easter Egg Hunt. Winning a grand prize basket with a duck stuffie made it even more fun.

“I like the duck in it, and I like the headphones because I’m a gamer,” he said.

Port Clinton’s Easter event was as much about the hugs as it was about the eggs. (Photo by Sheri Trusty)

The City of Port Clinton had a tremendous amount of support from local businesses, allowing it to create a memorial event for dozens of local children. Donations were provided by Port Clinton Elks, Port Clinton Women’s Club, Port Clinton Lions, Port Clinton Eagles, VFW Post 2480, Miller Boat Line, Bassett’s Market, FriendShip Food Stores, Watering Hole Safari and Water Park and the Port Clinton McDonalds, which is owned by the Humbard family.

“Our local McDonalds was very generous,” Ostheimer said. “They donated gift certificates for 100 ice cream cones, 100 small fries and ten Happy Meals.”

A young boy takes a close look at Easter eggs at Lakeview Park. (Photo by Sheri Trusty)

Five-year-old Connor Collins of Port Clinton walked away with a basket brimming with eggs. He gave the event a thumbs-up and said he liked finding eggs. The best part, he said, was seeing the Easter Bunny.

“I liked giving him a hug,” Collins said.

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