The Agassiz Bear Hunt was such a hit during this past week, organizer Anna Wheeler is organizing an Easter-based sequel (Photo/Anna Wheeler)

COVID-19-appropriate Easter hunt to hop into Agassiz

Local bear hunt organizer creates Easter version

After more than 100 residents participated in the local version of a hit game from Facebook, Anna Wheeler knew she had something – so much so, a sequel is in the works.

The Agassiz mother of two adapted a version of a “bear hunt,” a scavenger hunt for stuffed animals and a trend that’s been a hit in communities all over North America in an effort to make a physical distancing-friendly game for people of all ages. She’s currently working on organizing an Easter-themed event for the Easter weekend.

Wheeler said she’d seen versions of the scavenger hunt pop up on Facebook, but the post that started it came from family members who live in the eastern part of the States. Her unique twist on the game comes in the form of bingo cards.

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“Kids need something to engage them, so I found an online bingo card generator and came up with a bunch of ideas people can look for,” Wheeler said. Examples of items to check off the bingo cards included bears with names, bears in a brown house, a bear saying hello and so forth.

“The feedback was really good,” Wheeler recalls. “People really enjoyed it! I was very surprised at how many people participated.”

Wheeler said she received plenty of messages thanking her for organizing the event and lifting the spirits of the neighbourhood during such trying times.

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For those who wish to put out eggs, bunnies or chicks , Wheeler asks that participants place their Easter-themed items in plain view on Thursday, April 9 and to leave them visible throughout the weekend if possible.

If the overwhelming response to the initial bear hunt is any indication, next week will be another great chance for Agassiz to come together – while staying apart.

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