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Hundreds attend Easter egg hunt in Wadena

Breanna Zimmerman, five, eagerly waited with her grandmother, Lesa Goranson, left, and aunt Leslie Rudrud, right, for the Easter egg hunt to begin. Heather Bullock/Wadena Pioneer Journal.1 / 7
Midwest Machinery donated a X330 42" John Deere lawnmower as the grand prize in the Chamber of Commerce raffle. Heather Bullock/Wadena Pioneer Journal.2 / 7
From left, Miss Wadena Hannah Vorderbruggen, First Princess Gabi Ross and Second Princess Jessica Langer were on hand for photos and to visit with the attendees. Heather Bullock/Wadena Pioneer Journal.3 / 7
Ethan Hammer, four, and big sister Aurora, six, came from Sioux Falls, S.D. for the weekend and proudly showed off their collection. Heather Bullock/Wadena Pioneer Journal.4 / 7
Olivia Bailey, five, was all smiles as she showed off her Easter eggs. Heather Bullock/Wadena Pioneer Journal.5 / 7
Taylor Merickel, four, visited with the Easter bunny Saturday. Heather Bullock/Wadena Pioneer Journal.6 / 7
Mayor George Deise gave the Easter bunny a high-five before the hunt began. Heather Bullock/Wadena Pioneer Journal.7 / 7

Hundreds of children attended this year's Easter egg hunt at the Southwest softball complex in Wadena April 15.

There were three different hunting areas for children—one for ages 0-3, one for 3-6 and one for children ages 7-10.

The popular event, sponsored by the Wadena Chamber of Commerce, always draws a crowd.

The Easter bunny was on hand for children to meet and have their picture taken. Miss Wadena Hannah Vorderbruggen, first princesses Gabi Ross and second princess Jessica Langer were also present to visit and take photos with the children.

Mayor George Deise attended the event to greet the children and visit with the Easter bunny.

The chamber was selling raffle tickets for a X330 42-inch John Deere lawn mower, donated by Midwest Machinery, as well as cash prizes. Proceeds from the raffle are used for events year round, including the Easter egg hunt.

Local businesses donate candy for the eggs every year.

If the smiles of the children was any indication, the event was a huge success.