Mad dash

Children collect Easter eggs Saturday morning at the Clear Fork Adventure Resort.

BUTLER -- Members of the Worthington Township Fire Department often race to the scenes of accidents and fires.

On Saturday, along with the Butler Lions Club, firefighters helped youngsters race in search of Easter eggs during the annual community Easter egg hunt at the Clear Fork Adventure Resort.

"We're just here to support the community, do anything we can to make the kiddos happy and enjoy the season," said fire department Chief Dustin Hoptry.

Children ages 0 to 12 took the field in a flash, snatching up plastic Easter eggs in just a few minutes flat.

Some eggs contained a balloon, which children could trade in for a special prize. The Butler branch of the Mansfield Richland County Public Library provided free goodie bags with a spring-themed craft for each child.

The Easter bunny was also in attendance, along with a pen of live chicks children could hold and pet.

Festivities concluded with an egg-and-spoon relay race.

"We didn't plan as much as we normally would have because of the virus," said Lions Club member Natasha Waltz. "I think it's great that we could do something, especially since they haven't been able to do a lot."

Butler Police Department officers also participated.

"I got to hide some of the Easter eggs so that was rather fun," Butler police Chief Anne Strouth said. "Being involved in the community, that's what we're here for."


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