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Egg hunts keep children hopping like bunnies

Eli Newman of Kitts Hill looked intently at the shiny red Ironton fire truck that stopped Saturday morning at the steps of the Lawrence County Courthouse.

"Bunny!" he said, pointing toward the truck as a smile spread across his face.

For older siblings

Brittany, 7, and Ashley, 9, Saturday morning's Easter egg hunt meant eggs filled with candy or prizes.

But for Eli, it was all about the bunny.

The annual Ironton Business Association Easter Egg Hunt was Saturday morning, followed by the Lawrence County Historical Museum Easter egg hunt a few hours later.

This year's Easter egg hunt was the first for Karlie Fleeman, of Kitts Hill. The 10-month old watched as older siblings Adam, 2, and Noelle, 6, counted their eggs on the courthouse steps.

"She knows she's won some money," her father, Rick Fleeman said as he as Noelle looked at her new egg collection.

The Easter Egg Hunt at the courthouse attracted 50 to 75 children. IBA President Rich Patrick said the children are the focus of the event.

"It's for the kids. That's the thing. We promote the downtown a little but for the most part it's for the kids to come enjoy themselves," he said.

That afternoon on the lawn of the museum, both Mr. and Mrs. Bunny hopped about, greeting children and tossing eggs.

Five-year-old Jeremy Gollihue, of Ironton, was one of the lucky ones. His first time attending the activities at the museum, Jeremy got a lucky egg, and a prize for his adventure.

His dad, Brian, watched as Jeremy played with a stuffed, caged tiger the child collected as a prize.

"I thought this would be a good thing to bring him to," Brian said.