Easter egg hunt draws 2,500 to Otsego

Macy Mortinson, with Lilly Stockamp, showed off her new look.
Macy Mortinson, with Lilly Stockamp, showed off her new look.
Julie Torresani (left), Lindsey Stockamp (middle) and Lilly Stockamp (right) did face painting during the event.
Julie Torresani (left), Lindsey Stockamp (middle) and Lilly Stockamp (right) did face painting during the event.

More than 2,500 people, as well as some dogs, came out Saturday, April 8, for the 2017 Otsego Parks and Recreation Egg Hunt and Hoppin Hounds Egg Hunt, according to Ross Demant, Otsego Parks and Recreation director.
“With the weather being so nice, we were anticipating more people at the egg hunt, but had no idea we would have so many,” Demant said.
Mayor Jessica Stockamp started the event, held at Otsego Prairie Center, by announcing the arrival of Scamper the Bunny in Logan Stockamp’s 1937 Chevrolet pickup. Otsego Pack 90 helped scatter the eggs and hand out candy.

More than 2,500 people arrived for the 2017 Otsego egg hunt on April 8.
More than 2,500 people arrived for the 2017 Otsego egg hunt on April 8.
Scamper the Bunny in the back of a 1937 Chevrolet pickup truck.
Scamper the Bunny in the back of a 1937 Chevrolet pickup truck.

Several Otsego businesses also pitched in to help during the event. Family Speech and Therapy hosted a bunny bean bag toss, The Bank of Elk River took pictures of kids and dogs with Scamper, and Ron Mueller from the Summit Real Estate Team donated four bikes to give away.
Demant said the Otsego Parks and Recreation Commission hosts this free event each year.
New this year was the Hoppin Hounds Egg Hunt. More than 25 dogs and their owners came to the Prairie Park Dog Park for this inaugural event, where plastic eggs with dog treats in them were scattered throughout the park for the dogs to find. Dogs and their owners were also able to take pictures with Scamper and have a chance to win dog treats from Nutri Source dog foods. Demant said the event was a huge success and will definitely happen again next year.