Norway Easter Egg Hunt Saturday at Marion Park


Staff Writer

NORWAY – More than 15,000 eggs – and hundreds of prizes – await youngsters in the 18th Annual Norway Community Easter Egg Hunt at Marion Park Saturday.

This volunteer-driven free event is a tradition in the Norway area. Children aged zero to 10 years old come from throughout the area to participate, organizers said.

The Norway Community Easter Egg Hunt was started by Mary Spera, said Becky Kleikamp of Norway.

“This will be the third year that myself, my family and Liane Dunn have been running it,” Kleikamp said. “It is always the day before Easter.”

Demonstrating the popularity of the event, Kleikamp said the actual “hunt” doesn’t last very long.

“Last year my husband, Terry, timed it and it was seven seconds and all 15,000-plus eggs were picked up,” she said. “It was amazing.”

This year’s hunt is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. Line-up begins at 12:45 p.m. at the park.

Children are separated into four age groups with prizes and three grand prizes in each group.

The grand prizes for the zero to three year old age group include a Dora Bike donated by Standard Electric-Wittock Supply Co.; Franchesco Power Wheels donated by Standard Electric-Wittock Supply Co.; and Cars Bike donated by Sons of the American Legion of Norway.

Ages 0-3 may have one parent accompany them into collect eggs. In all other age groups, only children are allowed to hunt.

New bicycles are the three grand prizes in the 4-5 year age group. Two of the bikes are donated by Forward Financial Credit Union; and a third is bike donated by ERA Chevrolet of Norway.

In the 6-7 years age group, the grand prizes are a bike donated by the Sons of the American Legion of Norway; a pool-pizza party at Pine Mountain Lodge donated by Pine Mountain Lodge, and a bike donated by Norway Granite & Marble of Norway.

Grand prizes in the 8-10 year-old age group are a pool-pizza party at Pine Mountain Lodge donated by Kaad Family Dentistry; a bike donated by Dr. Paul Hayes MD; and a bike donated by Coleman Engineering.

Other major contributors include MBM Construction, Back in Motion, Dickinson Area Community Foundation, RAS Distributing, Off the Wall Video, McDonalds, Pizza Hut, Town & Country Ford, Norway Fire Department and Cloots & Swanson.

Flash the fire dog of Forever Fire Safety will also be on hand to greet the children.

Besides the grand prizes, there will be two drawing prizes this year, Kleikamp said.

“We are also trying something new this year,” she said. “We have two prizes that we would like the parents to bring their children over to the pavilion and get a free drawing ticket for a chance to win. One prize is a Show Stopper Cake from Andrea’s Sweet Designs of Niagara, Wis., and the second prize is a Super 8 Pool Party.”

Each child may get one ticket, and two tickets will be drawn to win.

“We will draw the two winning tickets before the countdown for the run at 1 p.m. and put a sign up by the pavilion with the two drawing numbers, so come to the announcer (Terry) to claim your prize with your ticket after you collect your eggs so that we can get a picture of you with the other grand prize winner,” she said.

Children are advised to wear appropriate clothing for the hunt.

“There is still a few feet of snow at Marion Park and some rather large snowbanks so plan on wearing your snow boots,” Kleikamp said.

“Terry and I went to Marion Park on Saturday to clean out the pavilion and it had two to three feet of snow in it. Needless to say, after five hours we only had half of it shoveled and that has 4 inches of ice under it so, we will be wearing our boots, too,” she said.

All prizes must be claimed by 3 p.m. on the day of the event.

“Local businesses have been very generous with there donations this year as in the past so that we can offer a free, fun-filled day for all of the great children that come every year,” Kleikamp said.

Below is a list of some of the sponsors:

Standard Electric-Wittock Supply Co.

Coleman Engineering

Norway Granite & Marble

MBM Construction

Ebelings Supermarket

Back in Motion

ERA Chevrolet

Forward Financial Credit Union

Sons of The American Legion

Dickinson Area Community Foundation-T. Juul

Dr. Robert Pultz DDS

A+ Communications-Clarence Christian

Tina Christian

Pizza Hut

1st National Bank of Norway

1st National Bank of IM-Kingsford

Antonio’s Pizza


Burger King


Coke Cola

Blackstone Pizza

Cutting Edge Beauty Salon

Danielson Greenhouse


Econo Foods

Dr. Larry Bourdeau DDS

Family Video

Frito Lays

Gallery of Floors

Green Bay Packers

Hall’s True Value


Holy Spirit School

Holmberg Insurance

Home Depot

Iron Mnt. Animal Hospital

Iron Mnt/Kings Credit Union

Iron Mnt. Power Sport

Terry & Becky Kleikamp/B. Kleikamp Daycare

Ted & Jeanne Kleikamp & Fam.

Tim & Michelle Kleikamp & Fam.

Fred Popp

Virginia Robertson

Mark & Debbie Mileski

Mark Mileski

Sara & Brandon Baldwin

Sarah & Mark Thaler

Kingsford Oasis

Kingsley North

Kiwanis Club-Norway

LaFaive Oil-BP

Liane Dunn/Donny Arnold & Fam.

Lions Club-Norway

Lofholm’s Building Center

Logo Sportswear


Main Street Pizza

Councilman Lee Meneghini

Northwoods Processing

Norway/Florence Auto Parts-Car Quest

Norway Barber

Norway Community Credit Union

Norway Eye Care

Norway Mercantile

Papa Murphy’s

Peterson Electric

Jim & Debbie Peterson

Ruth Pretto

Dorothy Meneghini

Pine Mountain Lodge

RAS Distributing

Ray’s Feed Mill

Recreation Lanes


River Valley Bank

Rocconi Ace Hardware

Schultz Equipment

Shear Magic

Stone Road Coffee & Decor



Super 8 Motel

Super One Foods

Tavernini Insurance Co.

The Miller Agency, Inc.

The Drug Store

Town & Country Ford

Tractor Supply

Tri-City Cinema

U.P. Health-Dr. Kristen Ball



Women’s Club-Norway

Finch & Finch Attorney at Law

Katie Pollard

Patti & Don Arnold

Lindsley Collision

U.P. Cycle & Sport

Pepsi Cola

American Legion-Norway

Dobber’s Pasty


Pasty Oven

Krist Oil-BP

Norway Fire Dept.

Jim Hanson

Mouw & Celello Attorney at Law

Dr. Ted Fornetti DDS

Dr. John Fornetti DDS

U.P. Logon-Computer Connections

Murvich Chiropractic-Spinal Solutions

Papa Murphy’s

Best Heating

Cloots & Swanson

Kaad Family Dentistry

Cafe Java Rays

Universal Plumbing and Heating

Inland Power Group

Kathy Bubloni-Cut Me Loose Hair Salon

Turri Tax & Accounting

1st National Bank of Niagara

Off the Wall Video

Marcoullier’s Super Market

Andrea’s Sweet Design

E. Jay Olivares Attorney at Law

Janet & Rick Bath

Milwaukee Broach & Tool

Mike’s on Main

Northern RV


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