Fairborn promotes window egg ‘hunt’ after traditional big event canceled

The Fairborn City School District is feeding children every week at food distribution sites throughout the community. Wednesday at the Fairborn Primary School, the Easter Bunny was in attendance with staff to spread a message of hope and inspiration for the days ahead. MARSHALL GORBY/STAFF.
The Fairborn City School District is feeding children every week at food distribution sites throughout the community. Wednesday at the Fairborn Primary School, the Easter Bunny was in attendance with staff to spread a message of hope and inspiration for the days ahead. MARSHALL GORBY/STAFF.

Fairborn has changed its annual Easter egg hunt plans due to concerns about spreading the coronavirus among residents.

The city designed a printable egg for residents to color in and “hide” in their windows, city spokeswoman Meghan Howard said. Starting last Sunday, Fairborn has encouraged residents to print out the egg and color it however they want.

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The Fairborn Easter egg hunt is one of the oldest egg hunts in the region, Howard said.

Traditionally the Fairborn Area Chamber of Commerce, the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Company Grade Officers’ Association and Foy Stores host the event in which thousands of eggs are filled with candy and toys and hidden for children.

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As long as the weather is nice this weekend, Howard said, the city will encourage people to walk and try to find the eggs around Fairborn.

“We want to get people thinking about something else for a moment,” Howard said.

She urged residents to still keep a safe distance from others during their walks.

The Grant family in Fairborn printed and colored some eggs for those walking around the neighborhood to "hunt." CONTRIBUTED
The Grant family in Fairborn printed and colored some eggs for those walking around the neighborhood to "hunt." CONTRIBUTED

For those who don’t have access to a printer, they can pick up a printed egg at the schools where families are picking up food.

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On Wednesday, the Easter Bunny — wearing a mask — also made an appearance to spread some cheer at the Fairborn Primary School, at 4 W. Dayton-Yellow Springs Road. The school district has been passing out lunches for children since schools have been closed.

Lunches are given out from 10 a.m. to noon at the Fairborn Primary School, the Intermediate School and Baker Middle School.