It is that time of year again -- the time for Easter egg hunting.
Every year, children and their parents gather to attend local Easter egg hunts, most of which were scheduled to take place this Saturday morning. The hunts are filled with the search for colorful hard-boiled eggs as well as plastic eggs filled with candy and other goodies.
Fran Marsh of Northwestern Bank in Charlevoix leads the Easter egg stuffing for the Charlevoix hunt.
Marsh has been involved with the hunt for six years and enjoys the community involvement it brings.
She said that it takes about five to six hours for her and the team from Northwestern Bank and family members to fill up to 4,000 eggs.
Kilwin's donated a portion of the candy and McDonald's, Subway and Burger King donated gift certificates for this year's hunt, Marsh said. With the addition of the gift certificates this year, children will have even more to look forward to when finding the eggs.
Pastor Beth Broshart of the First Presbyterian Church in Boyne City put a lot of egg preparation into their March 31 Easter egg hunt.
"It took about 25 people and two hours to get all the eggs stuffed," said Broshart.
When finished, Broshart said there were close to 3,000 eggs filled with candy and change for the hunt.
The cost of stuffing all the eggs was kept to a minimum because of candy, bag and egg donations from the local Glen's Market and members of the church.
Indian River's Easter egg hunt leader Lisa Renaud LaPrairie has the help of local community members and area businesses to get eggs ready for their annual hunt.
The hunt became a tradition in 1988 after a local resident visited New York and visited an egg hunt there, LaPraire said.
A group called the Indian River Jaycees took over the egg hunt, but after their disbandment in the early 1990s, local community members and families came together to keep the hunt going.
Craig Waldron, owner of Far Hills Construction, boils dozens of eggs in huge vats at a local maple syrup facility and then community members and children use big dish tubs to color the eggs.
The eggs to be dyed are donated by local grocery store Ken's Village Market, and are stored there until the day of the event once they are finished.
LaPrairie said that the eggs are all prepared the Thursday before the event. While the eggs are being boiled and colored, the plastic eggs are filled with candy.
All together, there are 120 dozen colored eggs and 1,400 plastic eggs filled with candy. The process takes a total of seven hours from start to finish.
After all the eggs have been colored, stuffed and hidden, it is time for the hunt that is often over in just a matter of minutes, LaPrairie said.