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.
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.
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.
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.
What an awesome day. What an awesome event.