Easter eggs usually are not decorated with snowflakes, but there is a first time for everything.

“This is the first time we’ve had snow on the day or our Easter egg hunt,” said Richmond Parks and Recreation Department’s Executive Director Kevin Gorman.

The department, along with the Richmond City Commission, hosted the annual Eggstravaganza on Saturday at Irvine-McDowell Park.

Gorman said he had no fears about the cold temperatures keeping people away, and that the event was a large attraction despite the weather.

Students from the Eastern Kentucky University Recreation Department provided several carnival games for children. The event also featured face-painting, a petting zoo, rides on the “Mini Express,” an inflatable playground, concessions and much more.

This year’s Eggstravaganza was the first for Maggie Kriebel, assistant program coordinator for the parks and recreation department.

“It’s been amazing, despite the chilly weather.” Kriebel said. “I was a little bit afraid that there would be less attendance. But, we have a really good turnout and the kids are having a really good time.”

Planning the event is a strenuous task, but it’s all for a good cause, she said.

Children 10 and younger participated in the city’s largest Easter Egg Hunt, featuring candy-filled eggs.

“There’s over 4,000 Easter Eggs and $3,500 worth of candy,” Kriebel said. “What we provide enhances the quality of life for Richmond citizens, so we just want to provide one more event that brings families together.”

Ronica Shannon can be reached at rshannon@richmondregister.com or 623-1669, Ext. 234.

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