Syttende Mai Queen Amber DeLong with the Easter Bunny (Deann Dahl). Photo by Paul J. Seeling
Syttende Mai Queen Amber DeLong with the Easter Bunny (Deann Dahl). Photo by Paul J. Seeling

By Paul J. Seeling, Gateway News, with Diane Gedatus, St. Croix Area Volunteer League

WOODVILLE, WI – Last Saturday, April 20 the Easter Bunny came to Woodville bringing fantastic weather and hundreds of brightly colored plastic eggs for the 2019 annual Easter Egg Hunt to the delight of the area children. Bunny works in junction with the St. Croix Area Volunteer League.

Last year the egg hunt was cancelled due to snow that morning, but now the Fire Hall was filled with children playing games, etc. What a difference in the weather this year and it brought hundreds of kids from all over the area who stood in lines outside by age waiting for the signal to go collect 10 eggs each and search for one of the Golden Eggs.

The prized Golden Eggs were hiding in plain sight among the hundreds of other colored eggs in the grass. There were yellow eggs for kids 0 to 2 years of age, the 3 to 4-year-olds were hunting green eggs, it was orange eggs for the 5 to 7 crowd and mixed colors for the big kids 8 and up.

Once given the signal, there was an orderly procession to the area of the hunt of that age group and then the scramble was on with the littlest ones being helped by mom and dad or a sibling. Everyone seemed to have brought their own Easter basket or bag to fill and there were plenty of eggs for the hunters to get their allotted 10 eggs.

After the hunt the children returned to the back of the Fire Hall and dumped their egg collections in the appropriate bins and received a bag of goodies before they entered the hall for games, activities, treats and the opportunity to have a pix with the Easter Bunny (Deann Dahl).

The winners of the golden eggs were: 0 – 2 years – Everlei Green, Knapp; 3 – 4 years Molly Smebby, Baldwin; 5 – 7 years - Brendan Lee, Woodville; 8 and up - Samatha Ketchum. Each received a large Easter basket of treats and toys.

Easter Bunny Assistant Diane Gedatus of the St. Croix Volunteer League reported, “We passed out 300 prize bags.  We had around 450 children and families in attendance.  Thank you for everyone who came out to celebrate one of the warmest days this year.”

Gedatus continued saying, “We collected about 160 pounds of food for the food shelf.

We would like to thank our generous sponsors: Village of Woodville, Woodville Women’s Club, Woodville Lion’s Club, Woodville American Legion Auxiliary, Tri Star Engine, Trient EIS Inc., Springborn Specialties, Spring Valley Bakery, Sons Tool Inc., Nilssen’s Foods, Purdy Family Dentist, Park View Community Campus, O’Connell Funeral Home, McDonald’s, Home & Country Realty, Gregerson Ace Hardware, First Bank of Baldwin, Exact Manufacturing, CW Garage Doors, Citizens State Bank, Blackhawk Nutrients, Black Hawk Garage Door and Baldwin LightStream.”

“A big ‘Thank you’ also to the United Fire and Rescue – Woodville Station for the use of their fire hall and the firefighters for helping with all of the heavy lifting.  We would also like to thank the 2018-19 Syttende Mai Royal Court of Queen Amber DeLong, 1st Princess Libby Whirry and 2nd Princess Abbie DeLong and the four 2019-20 Syttende Mai Contestants: Lauren Thompson, Victoria Butler, Ivy Fuchsteiner and Olivia Dumond for all their help. We must also thank all the St. Croix Area Volunteer members for their amazing time and talents.  Without them we would not be able to have such a great event,” concluded Gedatus.

The St. Croix Volunteer League also puts on a grand Halloween Celebration for all of the community kids as well as the amazing Santa’s Workshop in Woodville. If you would like to join the St. Croix Volunteer League organization, all are welcome to join the fun; please give Letty a call at (715) 698 3516 or email Diane at dianeg@wwt.net.