It’s hard to find an Easter egg hunt in the setting of a castle, one Fox River Grove resident said.
The seventh annual Easter Egg Hunt at Bettendorf Castle, 418 Concord Ave., was held Saturday in Fox River Grove, with more than 7,000 eggs hidden for local children to find.
“It is such a fun event for the kids, with activities, and we’ve never been to the castle before, so we were excited,” Abby Egan of Fox River Grove said. “I’ve live in the area my whole life, and I’ve always wanted to come and check it out, so I thought it is cool for my kids to have that opportunity.”
Although the event is held privately, owner Michael Strohl said he hopes to work with the village to open the castle to the public for special events.
“We have beautiful grounds at the castle, and we want to show off the historic beauty and show the community in the town the castle grounds,” Strohl said. “We want to show them what we are capable of doing.”
Amy Wagner of Oakwood Hills attended the event for the fourth time, and she said she keeps coming back for the unique castle setting. Wagner brought her 7-year-old son, Teddy Wagner, before her family headed to Wisconsin on Sunday for Easter celebrations.
“It looks like a real castle,” Teddy said. “I love the hunt. I run around and try to grab all the eggs, but if my bag is too high and I see someone with not that much eggs, I’ll give them some of mine.”
About 250 people attended the hunt, which featured three different sections for each age group.
“It was hard because my eggs fell, and then people started taking them,” said Jakob Martell, 7, of Crystal Lake. “But I got a lot of candy. My favorite is Hershey’s Kisses.”
Friends help the Strohl family stuff eggs each year. All kids go home with their own Easter basket, which includes toys donated from Jewel-Osco.
“My favorite part of the day is seeing the excitement in all these little kids as they look around at the eggs,” Strohl said.