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Annual Colored Coconut Hunt, more set for Saturday

April 12, 2017
By GABRIELA HARDAN ( , Lehigh Acres Citizen

Local families can register children for the annual Colored Coconut Hunt on Saturday.

Hosted by Lee County Parks and Recreation, the event will take place at 10 a.m. at Veterans Park Recreation Center. It will feature activities for the children to enjoy the day before Easter.

Colored coconuts and eggs will be hidden in areas of the park, where participants will search for them to win prizes.

There will also be a surprise visit from the Easter Bunny, with an opportunity for photos.

"This is a fun and enjoyable event for the community," Betsy Clayton, director of communications for Lee County, said. "It gets us out and together as a family."

Volunteers from around Lehigh Acres come out and help with setting up the park, face painting and watching the patches, while the children are searching for the hidden eggs and coconuts.

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There are 125 spots available for the hunt, which is open to ages 2-11. Participants will be broken into four ages groups - ages 2 and under, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-11 - with coconuts and eggs in each patch.

There are 3,000 hidden eggs, with 16 baskets to be awarded those who find the coconuts.

The ultimate prize is for the participant who finds the gold coconut.

"Children have fun, and it is an event that some families have been doing as a tradition for several years," Clayton said.

The face painting, photos with the Easter Bunny, the hunt and sidewalk drawing with chalk are all available for the participants.

The hunt will start at 10:30 a.m., with check-in set for 10 a.m. The festivities usually go on until about 12:30 p.m.

Participants must register to participate in the hunt, however, no registration is required to take photos with the Easter Bunny.

Families can register online or call the Veterans Park Recreation Center to reserve a spot.

The cost is $5 per child to participate in the hunt.

"This event gets everybody out together and it gives them a chance to see people they see every year doing the same event," Nancy Zukatis, event coordinator, said. "It's family-based and it's just a good way to see the park and see a bunch of kids having fun."

A variety of prizes are given out, such as bags of jellybeans, games, toys and things related to Easter.

The Colored Coconut Hunt has been going on for over 16 years, according to officials.

For more information or to register, visit: or call 239-369-1521.

The Veterans Park Recreation Center is at 55 Homestead Road S.



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