The third annual Easter Egg Hunt Extravaganza at the Main Post Exchange April 13 had hundreds of people searching for more than 20,000 eggs filled with candy and prizes.Joe Escobar, Fort Riley Exchange main store manager, said he was happy with the turnout.
"Its outstanding," he said. "I hear we are getting better numbers than last year."For the children, there were bounce castles provided by The Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation's Equipment Checkout Center in Camp Funston.Volunteers set up stations for face painting, temporary tattoos and more. There were tables set up with items from organizations and businesses on Fort Riley such as Firestone, the American Red Cross, Armed Forces Bank and others."Big shout out to Mr. Will Brooks from Armed Forces Bank," said Col. Stephen Shrader, U.S. Army Garrison Fort Riley commander. "He is a lot of the muscle behind putting this effort together with the Fort Riley chamber members. We couldn't do it without him and all the great consolidated partners."William Brooks, Armed Forces Bank, Fort Riley manager, said he enjoys being involved in the Fort Riley community so he is always helping in any way he can."I like being a part of the team at Fort Riley and my assistance is always available if needed," he said. "I have been helping organizations plan, coordinate and execute events for many years on and off the base."Brooks said the Easter egg hunt is a huge event for the children but he thinks many of the adults like to participate more than the children."People in our community are always happy when either The (Exchange) or Commissary hosts events with giveaways, fun games and prizes," he said."Armed Forces Bank supports these events and activities all the time and Mr. Brooks," he said about himself, "is always available to help them put on a good show."After the children's hunts finished, there was an adult scavenger hunt inside. Participants picked an egg and inside was one of three pieces of paper. The paper either had the first clue, said 'try again' or 'you are out of the hunt.'Autumn Rowland, wife of Sgt. 1st Class, Bryan Rowland, HCS, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 1st Infantry Division, said that even though there were children everywhere, they still had fun and their 3-year-old daughter, Clara, had a great time."She did well," she said. "We were in the middle area and my husband was with her and I was with my older son and once they put down the ribbon she took off. My husband couldn't find her for a couple minutes but she came back to him with a basket with eggs in it."She did see another child beside her that didn't have any eggs and they were upset," she said. "We asked her if she would like to give a couple of her eggs to that child and her and a little boy next to us, they gave the girl a few of their eggs."