Oh, the eggcitement! Kids and parents alike are getting excited about the upcoming Easter egg hunt in Chatfield. This year's event is set to be held on Saturday, March 23, at 10 a.m. at the fire hall.

"If you watch the parents watch their kids get excited, they love it when the little kids find an egg and get excited and forget all about the other eggs even though the parents are telling them to go look for more," said Chatfield Commercial Club President Paula Bessingpas. "It's fun for parents to watch their kids get the eggs, and the kids get so excited."

Though Easter is early this year, there's still a chance to enjoy the little ones as they waddle about in search of candy-filled plastic eggs.

"We're having the hunt, rain or shine, because we're planning on holding it in the fire hall since the snow is so deep and the weather is so unpredictable in March," Bessingpas added. "If, by some chance, the sun is shining and the ground is dry, we could have it out on the lawn by the library, but for now, parents can plan on dressing their kids in nice clothes to look for eggs and to have their picture taken with the Easter bunny in the fire hall. Remember to bring your camera."

Bessingpas explained that there are three age categories - zero to 4, 5 through 8 and 9 through 12 - and plenty of eggs for everyone. Inside some eggs, there will be messages for a special treat that kids can get when they take it up to the prize lady. And after that, they can have cookies and juice with their friends and family.

New this year at the gathering is a "stop and shop" event for the grownups hunting for spring treats for themselves or others. "We have a few tables for local vendors and crafters and they'll be there so that people can support local businesses and buy a treat for themselves or someone special," Bessingpas added. "We're doing this for the first time to see if it's something people might like."

Bessingpas noted that the gathering brings the community together, from the volunteers who assist the Commercial Club with the egg gathering to the parents, grandparents and children who attend.

She concluded, "We hope that families come and have a great time."

The Chatfield Commercial Club's Easter egg gathering is slated for Saturday, March 23, at 10 a.m. in the Chatfield fire hall on Main Street, just one door down from the library and two doors down from Fillmore County's only traffic lights.

The "stop and shop" begins at 9 a.m. and lasts until noon. For more information, contact Paula Bessingpas at Bailiwick Gifts by calling (507) 867-3870.