CHANNING MERRELL | Scroll Photography

CHANNING MERRELL | Scroll Photography

The Rexburg Area Chamber of Commerce and the Rexburg Kiwanis Club are holding their annual Easter Egg Hunt at Porter Park Saturday, April 4, at 9 a.m.

“The Easter bunny comes in at 8:30 on a fire engine,” said Jana Bischoff, the Rexburg Kiwanis Club events coordinator. “Then the actual hunt starts at 9 o’clock sharp.”

Bischoff said the Kiwanis Club is a nonprofit organization that serves the children of Rexburg and works with the Rexburg Area Chamber of Commerce to help put on the annual Easter Egg Hunt.

“We have 12,500 eggs, and we have 25 bikes that have been donated to lucky egg winners,” Bischoff said.

Donna Benfield, CEO of the Rexburg Area Chamber of Commerce, said local merchants donated some of the eggs and bikes.

“We put a coupon in 25 lucky eggs, and it just says you won a bike donated by whoever donated it, and then they come over and get their bike,” Bischoff said. “This year, we actually got Bill’s Bike Shop donating a helmet to every child that wins a bike.”

Bischoff said the different age categories range from infants under 2 years old to the age of 12.

Benfield said candy and coupons from local businesses are placed inside most of the eggs.

“Certificates and other things that have been donated by Pizza Pie Cafe have been put in the eggs,” Bischoff said. “We have a couple of other certificates that people donated, like free piano lessons.”

Benfield said the committee moved the time of the egg hunt from 10 a.m. to 9 a.m. because of general conference this year.

“Since general conference started at 10 a.m., we decided to bump it up to nine so people could still do both,” Benfield said.

Bischoff said kids clean up the park in very little time, and the hunt will probably be done in a few minutes.

“I really encourage people to get there ahead of time because if you’re late you miss out,” Benfield said. “It happens really quickly. The kids are great as far as doing it quickly.”