Bettendorf Castle Easter Egg Hunt a Success

Bettendorf Castle Easter Egg Hunt (2)

The castle grounds had many visitors for the 2013 Easter Egg hunt!

Today, the day before the holiest Christian holiday, the folks at the Bettendorf Castle opened up the grounds to the children and families of Fox River Grove and the surrounding villages.  It was an amazing event celebrating Easter… and for kids that means Easter Egg Hunts.

The turnout was huge.  I quit counting after 150 kids and this number does not include the parents.  The Easter Bunny was there for pictures.  There was a balloonist there to make all sorts of objects for the children… and there were also many treats for all who visited the castle today.

But most importantly there were the eggs – 5,500 eggs.

The grounds were broken up into three sections which allowed every one a shot at filling their baskets.  Even better, there were golden eggs, which if found, was rewarded with a special surprise.  Watching the kids race around with glee was truly awesome.  Everyone was having a great time.  The kids.  The Parents.

Kids politely waited in line to get their ballons.

Kids politely waited in line to get their balloons.

The community.

Events like these are important for our community.  The Bettendorf Castle is a treasure that should not have a chastity belt placed around it.  Personally, I had never seen so much of the grounds of the castle before, even though I grew up here.  It was always “off limits.  It was a great time.  I know my son and I had a blast and we cannot wait for the 4th of July and then Halloween.

There were well over 225 people at this even with more than 150 kids.

There were well over 225 people at this even with more than 150 kids.

This article is somewhat biased.  It was great to have my son with me and he posed with the Easter Bunny.  Noah kept coming up to me and commenting on how much fun he was having.  It was great to watch all the kids get along.

Noah Gasser with the Easter Bunny.

Noah Gasser with the Easter Bunny.

At the end of the hunt as you walked out of the castle you could pose for another picture.  The castle was just decorated to the max.  Eggs everywhere.  I mean everywhere.  The loudest noise of the entire event was not the kids screaming with joy, but the Metra train (Engine 131) flying by.

Noah posing for a picture in front of the caste grounds.

Noah posing for a picture in front of the caste grounds.

What an awesome day. What an awesome event.

  • Carol Pierpont

    Didn’t you think it was strange, Mr Gasser, that if this was a Community Event, as you choose to describe it, that a few people were missing? No one from Village Hall? No one from ARS? No one who actually lives on Concord? What kind of game are you playing at?

  • Andrew

    Actually there were quite a few people from ARS. There were even a few from the local area and two on Concord. But you know – the squeaky wheel seems gets the oil.

    Sorry it took so long to approve this comment. I have been away decompressing.

  • Donna

    I would love to find out what other events you hold at the castle and how do I get information of dates and times of any event you may hold. Please let me know. Thank you