Auburn Easter Egg hunts get hopping Saturday

By: Krissi Khokhobashvili, Journal Features Editor
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Auburn will get filled with thousands of eggs this weekend, and this year even parents can get in on the fun, as Old Town presents a new twist on the traditional hunt.

Starting at 11 a.m. Saturday, the Old Town Business Association’s Bunny Hop  will feature eggs hidden at more than 15 participating Old Town merchants. Families are welcome to peruse the shops in search of hidden eggs that each contain a word. Bunny-hoppers who find all the words link them together to form a sentence, which will instruct them where to hand in the completed ticket for a chance to win a grand prize Easter basket.

“We hope it becomes a family tradition to visit the old part of town, year after year, in the spring,” explained Heather Olson, owner of Clover & Carriage and an event organizer. “What’s fun about it is that attendees and parents can visit shops that they might not normally go into, and become a bit more familiarized with the new and continuing businesses of Old Town.

In addition to the hunt, merchants will be holding sales and offering sweet treats throughout the afternoon. There’s even talk that the Easter Bunny might make an appearance.

The grand prize winner will be announced in Hershel Park at 2 p.m. Saturday. Participants are encouraged to dress appropriately for the weather.

From 2-6 p.m., Eggstra Special hosts a “Make it and Take it” egg party at 1558 Lincoln Way, Auburn. For $5, participants can decorate a carved and glittered goose egg, choosing from a variety of figurines and trimmings.

For those seeking a traditional hunt, Auburn has plenty of Easter egg options. The Auburn Moose Lodge holds its hunt Saturday, a tradition for more than 25 years.

“We’ve been having it for decades,” said member Bonny Starr. Volunteers hide hundreds of eggs, she said, and “they’re gone in like three minutes,” she laughed.

The 20-30 Club presents its hunt at the Gold Country Fairgrounds, and President Danny Miller said this year is extra-special, as it’s the 70th annual hunt. He advised hunters to be read to go at noon sharp, as the thousands of real and plastic eggs are quickly rounded up. Some eggs will contain tickets redeemable for prize baskets. While the hunt happens rain or shine, Miller said, if it’s sunny there’s a good chance the Easter Bunny will visit.

“It’s something we really enjoy doing,” Miller said. “It’ one of those projects where we’re able to give back to the community and let the kids come out and have a good time, for at least a few minutes.”

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Easter egg hunts

20-30 Club

What: Hunt open to 0- to 12-year-olds, divided into age brackets, including a special-needs area.

When: Noon Saturday, April 7

Where: Gold Country Fairgrounds, upper field

Info: Danny Miller, (530) 305-0391 or


Auburn Moose Lodge

What: Hunt open to children 10 and under, broken into age divisions. Easter Bunny to appear.

When: 10 a.m. Saturday, April 7

Where: Recreation Park, 123 Recreation Drive, Auburn

Info: (530) 885-1013


Bunny Hop

What: Find hidden eggs at participating Old Town Auburn merchants to find words that create a sentence used to enter a grand prize Easter basket drawing. Children must be accompanied by a parent.

When: 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 7

Where: Starting table in Hershel Young Park next to Tsuda’s Eatery. Participating merchants will display numbered signs in their windows.

Info: or (530) 823-8500


Colfax Lions

When: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 7

Where: Children’s Park, 101 Park Hill Drive, Colfax

Info: (530) 637-5131,


Foothill Center for Spiritual Living

When: 10:30 a.m. Sunday, April 8

Where: 2945 First St., Auburn

Info: (530) 823-6986,


Meadow Vista Lions Club

What: Hunt open to children 10 and under

When: 10 a.m. Saturday, April 7

Where: Placer Hills School, Meadow Vista

Info: (530) 878-3798


Newcastle Golden Spike Lions

What: Hunt open to 1- to 10-year-olds. Spoon races with real eggs for 3- to 10-year-olds. Stuffed bunnies as prizes.

When: 10 a.m. Saturday, April 7

Where: Home on the Range, 671 Newcastle Road No. 7, Newcastle

Cost: Free

Info: (916) 663-3927


St. Paul Lutheran Church

What: Bring a basket; at the end, empty your candy into your basket and turn eggs in for chance to win a prize

When: 10 a.m. Saturday, April 7

Where: Ashford Park, 1601 Auburn Ravine Road, Auburn

Info: (530) 885-5378