Riverfront Park’s annual Easter egg hunt has been canceled because no sponsor stepped forward to host it.
The Easter tradition had been hosted for many years by Clear Channel Communications’ KIX-96, a country station.
Riverfront Park Manager Craig Butz said other businesses and the park itself have also hosted the egg hunt during its 32-year run.
When KIX-96 changed formats in March 2012, Clear Channel decided against hosting the egg hunt, said Dan Manella, the company’s Spokane market manager.
Butz said a misunderstanding led park staff to believe Clear Channel would find another sponsor. When it became clear that wasn’t the case, “it was way too late for us to jump on board,” he said.
Butz said he doesn’t blame the radio group, and Clear Channel’s Manella said the company is “not anti-egg hunt.” Both said they hope to regroup and secure another sponsor next year.
The egg hunt had drawn hundreds of children to the park each year.
Kids 10 and under were split into age groups to hunt thousands of plastic eggs holding candy or prizes.
There are other free egg hunts in the community, however.
For a full list of Easter events, visit www.spokane7.com.
Grant Park egg hunt – Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon in the South Perry District park, 1015 S. Arthur St. The event typically draws up to 1,000 people, the Spokane parks department said.
Manito Park egg hunt – Keller Williams Easter Eggstravaganza, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, 1702 S. Grand Blvd.
Minnehaha Park egg hunt – Safeway Easter egg hunt, Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon, East Euclid Avenue at Havana.
Pacific Park egg hunt – Indian Trail Church Easter egg hunt, Saturday, 10-11 a.m., at 5211 W. Lowell Ave.
Community Easter Egg Hunt – Saturday, 9:30 a.m., Comfort Inn & Suites at Pheasant Hill, 12415 E. Mission Ave., Spokane Valley. All kids are welcome. Egg hunt will be held in front of the hotel. (509) 926-7432.
Spring Fling – Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon, First Church of the Nazarene, 9004 N. Country Homes Blvd. Easter egg hunt, face painting, bounce castle and more. (509) 467-8986.
Easter Egg Hunt and Family Activities - Hosted by ONE*, a Spokane Valley church, on Saturday at 10 a.m. Egg hunt, activities for children of all ages, including jump castles, cotton candy, face painting, petting zoo and photos with the Easter Bunny. The church is located at 15601 E. 24th Ave. (509) 926-3254.
RLC Easter Egg Hunt - Includes 8,000 eggs, petting zoo, bounce castle and hot dog lunch for kids through fifth grade. Saturday, 11 a.m., Redeemer Lutheran Church, 3606 S. Schafer Road, Spokane Valley. (509) 926-6363.
Alumni and Friends Easter Egg Hunt - The Student Alumni Relations Board invites children ages zero to 12 to scout for eggs. Silver and gold eggs contain a special prize. Saturday, 11 a.m., University of Idaho, Administration Lawn, 851 Campus Drive, Moscow. (208) 885-7251.
Community Easter Egg Hunt - For children up to fifth grade, carnival games, prizes, a petting zoo, concessions and more. Saturday at noon, Valley Real Life Ministries, 1831 S. Barker Road, Greenacres. (509) 232-0840.
Easter Egg Hunt - Sozo Church is hosting an Easter service in the auditorium followed by an egg hunt on the football field with thousands of eggs and opportunity to find big prizes donated by local businesses. Sunday, 10 a.m., Shadle Park High School, 4327 N. Ash St. (509) 590-8381.
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