Amazing Easter fun planned at Fontana’s Duck Pond | Local News

Area residents will have the opportunity to celebrate the arrival of spring and the Easter holidays with two consecutive weekend Easter egg hunts at the Duck Pond Recreation Area, 300 Wild Duck Rd. in Fontane .

doggie egg huntOn Saturday, April 9, beginning at 9 a.m., the Big Foot Recreation District will hold its third annual Dog Egg Hunt. All dogs must be leashed during the egg hunt.

Entry fee is $10 per dog, with pre-registration preferred at www.bigfootrecreation.org. On-site registration day will begin at 9:30 a.m. Proof of current rabies vaccination is required to participate, with a rabies tag acceptable for verification.

Come rain, snow or shine, proceeds from the event will benefit the Lakeland Animal Shelter.

“This is truly a great event that helps support Lakeland Animal Shelter, which usually releases a few dogs available for adoption,” said Dean Connley, Big Foot Recreation District program coordinator. “It’s a good opportunity for them to show the community all the work they do.”

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Doggie Egg Hunt participants and their four-legged friends will scour the meadows of Duck Pond to find kibble-filled eggs. In addition, several traders will be present.

“It’s a great event for the community,” noted Connley. “There are so many dog ​​owners, people who use the Fontana dog park. To bring them all together and have a social event for the dogs, people have been very receptive to this. It’s a fun experience to have an event for dogs. We have seen our numbers increase each year as word spreads. It definitely grew every year we did.

Event sponsors include The Bark Market, Main Street Country Store, Blue Dog Collars, The Pet Gourmet, Dog Harbor Dog Grooming and Lake Geneva Animal Hospital.

Connley noted that the Big Foot Recreation District’s Doggie Egg Hunt won the 2021 Silver Award for Special/Community Events from the Milwaukee-based Wisconsin Parks & Recreation Association (WPRA), a 1,200-member nonprofit service organization. statewide membership dedicated to the social, health, cultural, and economic extension of parks and recreation.

“It’s exciting,” Connley said of the WPRA’s recognition for the innovative program.

Easter egg hunt for kids

The following Saturday, April 16, the Big Foot Recreation District will hold a traditional Easter egg hunt for children. Come rain, snow or shine, the hunt will begin at 10 a.m. sharp

The star guest will be the Easter Bunny, who will be escorted to the Duck Pond Recreation Area by the Fontana Fire Department.

Participants are encouraged to arrive early to find parking and their child’s age zone for the hunt. Children should bring an Easter basket to collect plastic Easter eggs filled with treats. As the eggs are recycled, participants must empty the eggs before leaving.

In keeping with the Easter theme, Dousman Transport will have a “Bunny Bus” parked at the event.

“It really is a great family program for all ages,” Connley said of the event, a long-standing spring tradition in Fontana. “We have tons of people coming for that. Rain or shine, no matter what the weather, we always seem to have a really good crowd coming. It’s fun to see everyone outside having fun. This is one of our first outdoor events of the season. It’s a great way to kick off all of our outdoor programs.

The free event is made possible through a collaboration between Big Foot Recreation District, the Village of Fontana and area businesses.

Connley said the Easter eggs for the two events – seven large bins worth for the children’s egg hunt and two large bins for the canine egg hunt – were filled by 15 student volunteers from Big Foot High. School, who earned community service credits for their district’s graduation requirements.

“We got a lot of help from the students at Big Foot High School,” he said. “It was great to see. They are always very helpful.

For more information on any of the upcoming events, visit www.bigfootrecreation.org or call 262-275-2117.

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