CHARLESTON — The glow of flashlights could be seen throughout Morton Park as community members braved cold temperatures to hunt for Easter eggs on Saturday night.
The event was part of the Charleston Parks and Recreation Department’s annual Night Light Egg Hunt, which is open to residents 18 and older.
Around 300 eggs were hidden throughout half of the park, with either candy or gift certificates inside, and about 40 residents hunted for the filled eggs using flashlights.
Diane Ratliff, city tourism director, said she didn’t expect so many people to attend the egg hunt because of the chilly weather.
“It’s freezing tonight and I’m surprised at how cold it is that this many people showed up,” Ratliff said.
The Night Light Egg Hunt allows area adults to be kids again for a night and just run around and have fun, Ratliff said.
For Miranda Zerbst, a Charleston resident, participating in the egg hunt was more about a good old-fashioned family rivalry. Zerbst’s husband, mom and sister all were pitted against each other to see who could collect the most eggs and win the most prizes.
“We are really competitive in our family and this event became an outlet for that,” Miranda said.
This was the second time Miranda and her family attended the Night Light Egg Hunt, and she said the family felt much more equipped this year.
“We are a little more prepared this year — our strategy was to just go off in different directions,” Miranda said. “We were going to work as a team but now it’s everyone for themselves.”
Danielle Stone, Miranda’s sister, wore a head flashlight, which made it easier for her to pick up more eggs because both her hands were free.
“I love running around and feeling like a little kid again,” Danielle said. “We are doing a lot better this year than last year.”
Danielle said she came better prepared Saturday by wearing sturdy running shoes and the head lamp.
“My strategy was to leave the pavilion as quick as possible to get a head start on everyone,” Danielle said.
After the allotted time was over for the egg hunt, it was deemed that Miranda was the winner in her family with 20 eggs and three gift certificates.
“I now have bragging rights at the house, at least until we play a board game,” Miranda said with a laugh. “I’m psyched and will hold this over my husband’s head at least for tonight.”
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