Youth ( from left) Natalie Rangel, 6, Molly Benavides, 7, and Anthony Benavides, 9, scramble to collect eggs during the King City Lions Club Easter Egg Hunt at the Salinas Valley Fairgrounds on April 3. (Sean Roney/Staff)

KING CITY — King City Lions Club hosted its yearly Easter Egg Hunt at Salinas Valley Fairgrounds last Saturday.

A total of 3,000 eggs plus 24 prize eggs were prepared by a team of 15 in the Orradre Building kitchen, then hidden around the fairgrounds in King City.

Children were divided into different age groups to have a better chance at finding eggs among their peers. Crowds were smaller than usual at the April 3 event, with an estimated number of less than 100 children.

The prior 2020 hunt was canceled due to the pandemic, but this year’s hunt was able to go through with social distancing guidelines in place.

Among the prizes were Easter baskets and $60 in cash awards.

Allen King, vice district governor for the Lions Club, said the group had recently looked through the club history, which dated back to 1945, and found newspaper articles about the egg hunt from the late ’40s and early ’50s.

“It was always down here at the fairgrounds or the park,” King said. “We’ve done it ever since, except for last year because of Covid.”

An Easter Bunny was present to greet children as staff made sure the youth were masked up and stayed distant.

“We needed to bring something back for these kids,” King said.

Children rush forth after the initial countdown to find eggs in the Salinas Valley Fairgrounds grass during the April 3 Easter Egg Hunt. (Sean Roney/Staff)
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Sean Roney is a freelance reporter for King City Rustler and Salinas Valley Tribune, a unified publication of Greenfield News, Soledad Bee and Gonzales Tribune. He covers general news for the Salinas Valley communities in South Monterey County.


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