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Philomath Easter Egg Hunt 2019

Two-year-old Bennett Dollar picks up an Easter egg during Saturday morning's hunt in Philomath.

I arrived at this year’s Easter egg hunt in Philomath with a dilemma. I wanted to shoot photos of some of our community’s children participating in this annual event hosted by the Lion’s Club, but at the same time, I wanted to hang out with my 17-month-old son as he experienced his first Easter egg hunt.

My strategy was to pick out a couple of kids ahead of time, talk to their parents and get their names, and then point my camera in their direction when the Easter egg hunt got started. Of course, my wife was there to take care of the baby in his quest for eggs, so I just needed to aim and shoot.

Luckily, my son and my other two toddlers were situated fairly close together when the egg hunt commenced. I alternated the camera between the three children. It worked out just fine.

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My son got the hang of this Easter egg hunting activity fairly easily as he picked up plastic eggs and put them in his basket. Afterward, he sat with Mom to see what was inside and yes, we let him taste chocolate for the first time. He decided that tasted pretty good and wanted more than he had gathered (the Frolic rodeo queen who was on hand had some extra chocolate as he later found out).

Thanks to the Lion’s Club for staging this event for the children (and the parents toting around cameras).

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