By ALEXANDREA BAILEY
The City of Port Isabel is bringing back its popular Lighthouse Easter Egg Hunt for the fourth time on Saturday, April 8, 2023.
The line-up around the park for the competitive hunt starts at 9 a.m. with the hunt itself taking place at 10 a.m.
The Easter egg hunt is free to the public and the Easter Bunny is set to make an appearance.
This event is sponsored by the City of Port Isabel. Those with questions are encouraged to call (956) 843-0778.
According to Valarie Bates, the City of Port Isabel’s Marketing Director, the tradition of the city passing out eggs to local businesses for children to “hunt,” which began in 2021 due to the effects of Covid-19, will continue this year once again.
Bates says at least 20 local businesses, including the Rio Grande Moonshine Distillery, Burgershack, Hopper Huas, El Papas, and many more, have already signed up to be “egg-stops” this year. The “egg-stops” will start in limited numbers on April 3. Businesses can still sign up by calling (956) 943-1822.
“We hope that causes more publicity for the event and more traffic in the business,” said Bates. “And that seems to be working.”
The city has increased the number of eggs used for this bayside hunt to a whopping 30,000. Bates estimates anywhere between 2, 500 – 3,000 people to show.
“We learn every year and we try to make the event better to make as many people as happy as we can,” said Bates.
At 11 a.m., there will also be a new addition of 250 goody bags for younger children to collect as they visit the Easter Bunny in the Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottage.
“We realize as much as we try to make this enjoyable and friendly for all ages, we do have a wide variety of ages together trying to enjoy that rather frantic hunt at the same time,” explained Bates. “This is an opportunity for the little ones to have something. They can still participate in the hunt. This is just something extra for the little kids.”
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