Josh and Delaney

Josh Beitel guides his three-year-old daughter Delaney toward an Easter egg at the Spartan Fields Athletic Complex.

MANSFIELD -- Delaney Beitel hopped up and down, surveying the brightly colored Easter eggs through her sparkly-rimmed sunglasses.

The 3-year-old could hardly contain her excitement for her very first Easter egg hunt Saturday at the Spartan Fields Athletic Complex. At one point, her father Josh Beitel had to hold the toddler back to keep her from charging the field.

Nearly 250 kids turned up at Saturday’s egg hunt hosted by St. Peter's Parish and School.

“We're ecstatic with the turnout,” marketing director Jason Crundwell said. “It’s something we've been kicking around for a few years. Coming out of COVID, we have the room to spread out here and let the kids really have at it.”

The event attracted numerous families from the community, as well as visiting alumni like Delaney’s mother, Kelsey.

The Beitels now live in Cincinnati, but stopped by the hunt while visiting family in Mansfield.

The hunt itself was over in minutes as children 12 and under rushed around the field. There were 6,000 eggs placed throughout the fields in sections designated by age group.

Crundwell said St. Peter’s hopes to make the egg hunt an annual tradition.

“It’s a community event and something the school wanted to do to get our name out there a little more with the young families,” he said. “Obviously, as a school, we want people to consider St. Peter's for their education opportunities.”

The school is currently enrolling for the fall, Crundwell said.

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Staff reporter focused on education and features. Clear Fork alumna. Always looking for a chance to practice my Spanish. You can reach me at katie.ellington@richlandsource.com