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Colored Coconut Hunt registration under way

April 10, 2019
By MEGHAN BRADBURY ( , Lehigh Acres Citizen

Registration is now open for the popular Veterans Park Annual Colored Coconut Hunt, which will be held the day before Easter.

Registration is $5 per child and limited to the first 125 participants. Advanced registration is required by calling the Veterans Park Recreation Center at (239) 369-1521, or by visiting

Veterans Recreation Center Program Specialist Nancy Zukaitis said as of Monday afternoon they had 72 participants already registered.

The Colored Coconut Hunt will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at Veterans park, 55 Homestead Road, South. Check-in begins at 10 a.m. and the hunt will start at 10:30 a.m.

Zukaitis said the event has been going on forever and has always been really well received as it is a good community event. People who came to the event as children are now bringing their children, which is kind of cool.

Last year they filled 2,600 eggs, which are equally spread out through the patches and hope to do the same number this year for those from birth to 11 years old. She explained that they have four different "patches" for the age groups 2 and under, 3 to 5 years old, 6 to 8 years old and 9 to 11 years old.

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The youngest patch will begin first. Once they have found the eggs and collected their goodies, the next patch will begin.

"We don't do it all at one time," she said, because some parents have more than one child and they cannot be at two places at one time.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own Easter baskets.

Each patch also has a red, white, blue and golden coconut for the youngsters to find.

"You find a coconut and you win a basket. The golden one is the biggest and best, but the rest of them are just as well," Zukaitis said.

There are also hidden prize eggs that the kids can find, which enables them to pick a prize off the table. Goodie bags are provided for those through 2 years old because they are too young for candy, she said.

The Easter Bunny also will make a special appearance, so the youngsters can have their pictures taken with the bunny. Zukaitis encourages parents to bring their camera for pictures.

Other activities will include games and face painting.

Zukaitis wants to thank the volunteers and local businesses that help make the event possible.

"We get donations from local businesses and we appreciate that. Without them we couldn't do that between the prizes and baskets and everything we try to do for the children. We appreciate all the volunteers and community businesses that help out," she said.



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