The Easter Bunny was at the Bradenton Herald last week busily going through the hundreds of entries received for the Ultimate Egg Hunt contest. In March, readers were asked to hunt through the newspaper and Web site for colorful, lettered eggs. Their mission was to spell out “Happy Easter” with them.
The prize: Two family fun packages for four to Disney World.
In hopes of being chosen for the grand prizes, readers sent in decorated envelopes and created fun-filled displays of the eggs. Others spent hours hunting through the Web site, Bradenton.com.
Winners from both categories were picked at random.
This year’s prize for the print edition of the contest goes to 9-year-old Bradenton resident Catilin Lynch. She was thrilled to hear she won.
“It’s awesome,” she said when told by phone.
“I’m really excited! Every year me and my brother look in the newspaper for the eggs. It’s fun.”
Catilin’s entry had the eggs displayed on a pink piece of foam with colorful foam butterflies surrounding the letters.
“I like to play with foam,” said the Saint Stephen’s Episcopal student.
Her mom, Vera, was very happy for her daughter. She said Catilin and her 14-year-old brother, Connor, enjoyed hunting for the letters.
“When the newspaper came, they fought over who would find the eggs,” she said.
Catilin said she will take her mom, dad and brother to Disney.
This year, the Herald added an online element to the contest, placing the eggs on various pages of Bradenton.com. About 15 entries for the online edition were received.
Bradenton resident Casandra Ballenger, 18, took home the prize for the online category.
Ballenger was excited to be chosen. She hasn’t thought of who she will take, but said it will probably be family.
This is her first year entering our contest.
“I didn’t actually think I would win,” said the Braden River High student. “I thought it was a really cute contest and a really neat thing to do.”
January Holmes, features writer, can be reached at 745-7057.