Wednesday was a fun-filled evening for the many young kids and their parents who attended Marshalltown Community College's first annual "Spring Eggstravaganza." Held in MCC's Student Union and centered on the joy of spring and the fun of Easter candy, kids got to take part in a multitude of engaging activities.
Organized and co-sponsored by Phil Hernandez, director of Residence Life and Housing at MCC, and his colleague Abbie Alsene, coordinator of Student Engagement, the event comprised of many fun activities, from Easter egg hunts to egg relays to a very special balloon show by John Cassidy, who is known for being the Guinness World Record holder for fastest balloon sculptor. In addition to Hernandez and Alsene's work setting up the program, MCC students were helping run the activity tables and events.
"Many residential students have come together to make this event happen. It's wonderful how much they are willing to help us tonight" said Hernandez. "What I'm most excited about is community engagement. When we held our Pumpkin Jamboree last Halloween, it was incredibly rewarding to have parents come up and say thank you. Connecting college students with other community members while providing free, family fun is what we're all about."
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Kids at the Eggstravaganza enjoy searching for the many hidden Easter eggs all around MCC's East lawn outside of the Student Union on Wednesday.
Beginning at 5:30, Hernandez gave the run-down to the kids about what would happen as soon as he was done talking: they were to grab a plastic bag and run outside to collect as many Easter eggs as they could find, whether they were in bushes or hiding in plain sight. After an exciting and challenging egg hunt with hundreds of pieces of candy found, it was time for the egg relay. With a result of many winners, the prizes donated by Morning Glory Bakery were given out to the thrilled kids.
Keegan Hansen, a 12-year-old at the event was ecstatic about being there. "I'm most excited about all this candy," said Hansen. "I also won first place in the egg relay."
With what turned out to be a successful night of fun, entertainment and loads of candy, MCC's first Spring Eggstravaganza was a big hit to all that attended.