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Annual Gourd Egg Hunt 2020-CANCELLED
April 25, 2020
Egg Hunt Information is available!
Please read about the changes this year.
Our Annual Gourd Egg Hunt is scheduled for April 25th (Rain date is May 2) Currently on Hold
Registration is required. Registration is currently not open.
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Gourd Hunt Update and Changes
About fifteen years ago we hosted our first Gourd Egg Hunt on the farm. We had one hunt on 10 acres of field where we hid 1000s of gourd eggs and prize eggs. Over the years due to popularity, we have had to make changes to how we conduct these egg hunts. We increased the number of hunts, put a time limit on it and limited the amount of people who could participate to make it safe. This year, we have again made changes and I wanted to fill you in on all the updates. This year, our egg hunt will take place on April 25th. The rain date will be May 2nd.
During the third year of doing the egg hunt, we decided we wanted to start giving back to the community and found the egg hunts to be the perfect opportunity. We started collecting one canned good from every person who signed up for the hunt which we boxed up and delivered to several local food banks throughout the years. As many of you know, this year we have begun to raise money for the Susquehanna Service Dog organization so they can build a much needed dog run to be built in Shawn Trostle’s name, an employee we lost last March. For more information on this, please visit our blog at https://mbgourds.com/blog/article/shawn-mandu-dog/.
New this year, we will be collecting a donation of $5.00 per person to participate in our egg hunt. This donation is nonrefundable and $4.00 of each ticket will be donated to SSD to put towards this project. The remaining $1.00 will go to processing fees we incur by collecting a monetary donation instead of a canned good. When you check in for the egg hunt, you will receive a $5.00 coupon that can be used in the store on the day of the egg hunt only for any purchase over $25.00. Susquehanna Service Dogs will also be on hand during the egg hunt to answer any questions you may have about the organization and to meet some of the dogs they are currently training or have trained.
Hunt Times and Information
We will continue to do three hunts during the day which will begin at 11:00am, 1:00pm and 3:00pm. Each hunt will last one hour and will be limited to 400 people. Registration will be required and as many of you know, these fill up extremely quick, usually within 24 hours. We will be hiding 2000 colored eggs and 21 prize eggs. Each participant will be able to find five colored eggs and if you are lucky, you can find one prize egg. Please be courteous to your fellow hunters and only keep the allowable number of eggs. One frequently asked question we get is, “can adults hunt too”? My response to this is, this is more of an adult hunt with kids helping. This is not your normal hunt where you are able to see all the eggs laying in the fields, you will actually have to HUNT for these eggs. We also ask that you please leave your four-legged furry friends at home. As much as we love dogs here at Meadowbrooke, we will have quite a few people on the farm this day and do not want either people or dogs getting scared.
Egg Hunt Registration
Registration for the Egg Hunt will be opening soon. As I mentioned before, the hunts fill up very quickly. Start talking to your friends and family members now to find out which hunt would be best for everyone and get a count as to who is interested. This way when registration does open, you are ready to go and won’t be disappointed when you must wait to hear back from everyone and miss out.
We will also be taking food donations for Paws Pack again this year. If you feel so inclined to bring canned or non-perishable goods along with you whether you are participating in the egg hunt or just visiting the store, we will make sure that it gets to the proper channels and distributed to children in the Big Spring School District whose family may be having a hard time right now. To learn more about the Paw Pack program, please visit http://pawpacks.org/. Food donations may be handed in at the egg hunt registration or at the register area in the store.
Local food truck, Nomad Cuisine, will be back at the farm serving up their delicious food.
I am super excited for these new changes to take place so we can better help the community we live in and near. We are fortunate to have wonderful customers, family and friends who are always so willing to help us with the endeavors that we set out to improve as a result of our Annual Gourd Egg Hunt. I look forward to seeing everyone at the Spring events coming up and hopefully some warmer weather.