NORTH MANKATO —
So the students in MSU’s event management class, taught by Kristi Montandon, thought pessimistically about the meteorological outlook and planned accordingly. There were tents for the kiddy games, the face painting and the crayon coloring area; the trails had been monitored, scraped and salted where needed; the portable toilets were in place; the runners had been warned to dress warm; and the Easter bunny and his helpers kept the egg scramble moving at a hippity-hoppity pace.
It’s called an egg scramble, rather than an egg hunt, because the candy-filled eggs are laid out in plain sight in an enclosed area. That also makes it an egg free-for-all, but that’s OK because the kids are separated by age into four different heats with the eggs replenished after each round.
“We don’t want any trampled children,” Montandon said.
Between heats, the Easter Bunny (who is also a recreation, parks and leisure services student better known at MSU as Mike Ramirez) led the kids through aerobics and stretches to get them primed for the scramble. With other students scattering the eggs, Ramirez persuaded even the toddlers to join him in a vigorous bunny hop.
Meanwhile, the top runners in the 5K received their honors and LEEP — a nonprofit which provides recreational opportunities for people with developmental disabilities — received an oversized check for $2,000.
All in all, a good day’s work on a bad weather day. With tear-down complete, the MSU students were mostly heading home to spend Easter with family. But, as Altman warned her parents in Lafayette, the members of her class might not make great Easter guests.
“I told them, I might get home, shower and sleep for a day,” she said.