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Helena, Montana - May 2019

Helena Eagles #16 held their annual Easter egg hunt on the Montana State Capitol lawn. A few days before, volunteers spent the day at the club coloring more than 14,000 eggs. It took several hours Sunday morning to get them all into place. 

Altogether, Jim Horne, president of the Aerie said it takes about 30 to 40 volunteers to put the event on each year. Helena Eagles have been organizing the hunt for 90 years. The event was originally held at the Helena Civic Center, but it moved to the Capitol decades ago as it grew in popularity. 

First Security Bank matched their prize money for the event. Several hundred “prize” eggs were marked with a stamp, meaning the kids who found them would receive $1. Two gold eggs were worth even more. Hundreds of children attended the event, and after a few frantic minutes, the hunt was over. “They get through it pretty quick,” said Horne. “There’s been years where there’s been so many kids, the egg hunt hasn’t lasted a full 45 seconds.”