CHARLESTON — There will be a slate of Easter Egg hunts in the city over the weekend, giving a chance for kids, adults and now dogs to grab some goodies.

Dog Egg Hunt

Dogs will be able to sniff out some dog treat-filled eggs in the Charleston Dog Egg Hunt, a new event to the slate of egg hunts in the area.

The hunt will run from 11 a.m. until noon Saturday in the Morton Park Ball Field. 

Friendly dogs on leashes are welcome, according to a flier. Megan Henness, organizer, said dogs will need to be on leashes for the duration of the event. Also, dog owners under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

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There will be two hunts, one for dogs under 25 pounds at 11 a.m. and another for dogs who weigh more than 25 pounds at 11:30 a.m.  

Pre-registration is required to participate in the event. People can register online or in-person at the Charleston Parks and Recreation Department on the second floor of Charleston City Hall located at 520 Jackson Avenue. Registration will close Friday afternoon. 

People will also be able to register on-site ahead of the event. Registration per owner and dog is $5. 

Also, city staff will be collecting cat litter, kitten dry and wet food, and cat food for the Coles County Animal Shelter. Henness said it is kitten season, which tends to be a strain on the shelter. Donations will be also accepted for dog food. 

Those planning to attend are encouraged to bring a basket or bag to collect eggs. 

Adult Egg Hunt

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Kicking off the city's slate of egg-based events this weekend, adults will be able to test their hunting skills Friday night. 

An adult egg hunt is scheduled at 8:05 p.m. in Morton Park. 

Unlike a regular egg hunt, Diane Ratliff, organizer, said this will offer a step up in the challenge. There will be 500 eggs hidden among Morton Park, 200 of which will include gift certificates for oil changes, hair products and other items from local businesses inside. The rest will have treats. 

The park will have lights turned off during the hunt to add more challenge. 

Those interested are urged to bring a flashlight and a basket, as they will not be provided. Those not found during the 20-minute hunt might be raffled out afterward. 

Registration will be open at 7:30 p.m. and close at 8 p.m. Participants must be 18 or older. The event cost $10 per person. The proceeds from this event help to make the children egg hunt free, Ratliff said. 

Kids Egg Hunt

More a scrabble than a hunt, children ages 1-10 will be able to rush for eggs laying in grass starting at 9 a.m. Saturday in Morton Park. 

Hunts will be separated by age group. Participants are asked to register on-site 10 minutes prior to the start time. 

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According to the Charleston website, Ages 1-2 hunt starts at 9:10 a.m.; Ages 3-4 hunt, 9:20 a.m.; Ages 5-6 hunt, 9:30 a.m.; Ages 7-8 hunt, 9:40 a.m.; Ages 9-10 hunt, 9:50 a.m.

People are asked to bring their own baskets. The Easter Bunny will be on site for pictures. 

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Contact Jarad Jarmon at (217) 238-6839. Follow him on Twitter: @JJarmonReporter


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Jarad Jarmon is a reporter for the JG-TC. He covers the city of Charleston, Eastern Illinois University, Mattoon schools and the Regional Office of Education.

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