Local kids are helping "Miss Bunny" come to town, for the ninth annual North Fort Myers Community Park Easter Egg Race.
The event will be held on Saturday, April 3, beginning at 10 a.m.
Officials are now accepting donations through Tuesday, March 30, and the community has always stepped up to help for the event, which draws about 600 local children.
D.J. Anthony, Trevor Bass, Regan Zaborowski and Kendall Thompkins help with Easter prizes and baskets for the upcoming annual Egg Race at North Fort Myers Community Park’s Center.
The event was recently renamed an "egg race" versus an "egg hunt" said Senior Parks and Recreation spokesman Libby Olive.
"It is more of a race, and the kids really enjoy that."
Plastic eggs are around the park, and many have special surprise tickets in them, to be redeemed later for prizes.
What: North Fort Myers Community Park
9th annual Easter Egg Race
When: Saturday, April 3, 10 a.m.
Where: Park Community Center, 2021 N. Tamiami Trail
New this year is that children under 2 years old will be given goodie bags, rather than participate in the actual race for safety reasons.
"They will be given a special goodie bag," said Senior Parks and Recreations organizer Christine Sustrich.
"We start with younger groups, 2- to 4-year olds and then 5- to 7-year olds. That's our main event. Then we have a last race with kids ages 8 to 10."
Afterwards, she said, children and parents gather around to find the prizes that are given in specially stuffed plastic eggs, which range from candy to baskets and more.
A special volunteer this year is eighth grader Kendall Thompkins from North Fort Myers Academy for the Arts, who will be "Miss Bunny's" special helper. She is also bringing fellow students to help officials with the event.
"One of our biggest donors so far this year is the North Fort Myers American Legion Post. They have donated over 65 goodie bags so far," reported Olive.
And bring your cameras, Olive said. "You have a chance to pose with Miss Bunny."
"This event is always the Saturday before Easter, and it's always rain or shine. And don't forget your basket," said Susterich.
"We are looking for donations of individual wrapped candies to fill the eggs, no chocolate please. Other donations, such as baskets, plastic eggs, games, prizes, large candy items etc. are also appreciated."
The event is free and open to any kid, from any county.
"Come with a smile and leave with some candy," said Susterich.
The North Fort Myers Community Park is behind the library at 2021 N. Tamiami Trail.
For information, call the park at 652-6002.