Mar 29, 2013 1:05 PM by KPAX/KAJ Media Center
MISSOULA - The Easter Bunny and Monte are joining forces Saturday to help kids look for thousands of colorful eggs and candy as the University of Montana hosts the 13th annual Easter Eggstravaganza on the Oval.
Children ages 9 and under are invited to bring their baskets and search for thousands of eggs packed with Easter treats during western Montana's largest egg hunt, which gets under way when the Main Hall bell tolls 1 p.m.
The event is free and open to the public, and Mountain Line will provide free bus rides all day.
As in years past, there are separate sections for the 0-2, 3, 4-5, 6-7 and 8-9 age groups, and one lucky child in each age group who finds an egg with a special coupon will win a brand-new bike.
Children also can find special eggs with certificates that will bring them back to campus. UM has donated educational opportunities for children, including UM soccer and basketball camps, children's dance lessons with UM Theatre & Dance, a birthday party at spectrUM Discovery Area, free passes to spectrUM and more.
"This is one of our favorite events to produce for the community," said Andrea Lewis, event coordinator for University Relations. "So many generous donations from UM departments and businesses in the Missoula community make this event truly unique and super fun for the kids."
Parents can also enter a free raffle for gift certificates to area businesses, including a $375 certificate for a family portrait session with Kristine Paulsen Photography.
Our own Erin Yost, along with 102.5 Mountain FM radio morning personality Rick Sanders will emcee the event.
The Missoula Easter Eggstravaganza is organized by UM's University Relations, with generous sponsorship from local businesses. The Sweets Barn in Lolo alone donated 30,000 pieces of candy that will be spread over the four acres of Oval lawn.