Easter Egg Hunts went on as scheduled in Salem and Wamac Sunday despite threatening weather.
An estimated 500 attended both the Salem Lion's Club 80th Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Bryan Memorial Park in Salem and at the Wamac City Park. Kids hunted for an estimated 3,000 eggs at Salem and 12,000 at Wamac while parents cheered them on. A large number of special prizes were awarded in both hunts.
The Salem Lion's Club hunt was led by Leon Chapman and says the crowd wasn't dampened by the weather.
"I think the attendance was up, especially in the older groups. We did something different because we had more kids in the 2-4 year old, besides their chance at 20 grand prizes they got a chance to get a small stuffed animal. So 40 additional kids went home with stuffed animals in that age group."
At Wamac, each child went home with a gift bag with candy and other items in addition to those who won the larger prizes.