Hunting fun for everyone
April 25, 2019
SWAN VALLEY – Children and adults gathered with anticipation for the first Condon community Easter Egg Hunt at the Condon Ball Field April 20. Swan Valley residents Edward and Heidi Klassen spearheaded the event with the help of many local businesses and residents.
The Klassen family sees a lot of value in offering fun activities for children and members of the community since there isn't a lot to do in Condon. They joined the American Legion Post #63 and helped with many community events, most recently the ice skating rink this winter.
Monday, April 15 they were talking about going down to Seeley Lake for the annual Lions Club Easter Egg Hunt. They discussed the travel time to Seeley Lake and noted not everyone can make it for the event. They decided to organize a hunt for the Swan Valley community. Being retired military, the Klassens said creating and implementing the plan came together quickly.
"We thought we could do something for our community up here and bring it all together," said Edward. "It doesn't take long in this community for the word to get out and people want to help."
The Klassens started talking to the local businesses who were all very supportive. Many of the businesses donated prizes to the event and others provided items for the hunt at cost.
"We ask so much of these people up here and they are just so giving," said Edward.
Individuals stepped up to volunteer and also provided money to help purchase the eggs, candy and prizes.
Someone in the community suggested they do an egg hunt for the adults. The Klassens agreed and added a 21 and older category.
"They are so left out with all the stuff," said Edward. "We need to get more people involved and take care of our community."
Despite the continual rain, the egg hunt started with the pledge of allegiance and invocation at 9:30 a.m. There were 400 eggs for the five age groups filled with candy and prize tickets. For the children there were candy canes, chocolate bars and Easter baskets. The 21 and older group were rewarded with drink tokens for local establishments, gift certificates and specialty drinks.
One golden ticket was found in each group. These lucky hunters each chose an envelope with either a $1, $5, $10, $20 or $50. Hayley Simon's daughter Kaydence in the 0-5 age group won the $50. Hayley said they were going to spoil her and get her a new rain jacket and rain boots since she had grown out of hers.
Klassen thanked all the local businesses and individuals that supported the event and said the event went great. The Klassens hope to start a little earlier next year and get more people involved.
Edward said, "We hope this will continue as another great event for the community."