The City of Perris’ annual spring egg hunt drew more than 500 people, many long-time participants in the yearly celebration along with first-time newbies.
Whether veteran egg-hunters or rookies, everyone agreed that for fun, food and family, the event is a difficult one to top.
Perris City Councilmen David Starr Rabb and Mark Yarbrough attended the egg hunt, posing for photos and snapping ones as well. Rabb said he remembers attending the yearly egg hunt as a kid. Yarbrough brought his children to the show when they were small.
Both enjoyed a breakfast of ham, eggs, pancakes and a yogurt bar, chatting with other residents and wishing them a wonderful Easter holiday. Rabb brought his newphew, Isaiah, 6, for the fun.
“This is a great event because it brings the community together,” he said. “It’s a great chance to enjoy springtime and Easter in the City. The City of Perris is committed to bringing these type of events that all people can enjoy to our community. I’m proud we are able to do this.”
Yarbrough said the spirit of the crowd was tough to top.
“Other than Disneyland, this is the happiest place on Earth,” he said. “This is a quality-of-life event that we care deeply about. It’s really great that the City is able to put these kind of wonderful activities on every year.”
Rene Vigil makes the egg hunt every year, bringing daughter Jadyn, 9, with her. She loves the family-friendly atmosphere. This year’s activities included an arts-and-crafts tent, a petting zoo with a llama, goats, chickens and bunnies, the chance to get a photo with the Easter bunny and of course, the opportunity to take home candy-filled eggs.
“This is a great opportunity to see our kids interact with others in the community,” Vigil said. “The City of Perris sponsors family-oriented events which is great. We’re a small town with a big heart.”
Ashley Powe has attended the egg hunt for two years. This year she brought along her two children, Jadyn, 5, and Jordan, 18 months.
“You can tell the City of Perris cares about its children,” Powe said. “This is a safe environment for the kids to enjoy themselves.”
Recent Perris arrivals Jacqueline and Jerry Hernandez attended the egg hunt with children Abigail, 5, and Andrew, 1. They plan on coming back in future years.
“It’s great the City organizes this celebration to give back to the community,” Jacqueline Hernandez said. “It’s cool, it’s nice. It shows they care.”