SPEEDWAY — On Saturday, the community got a chance to hunt for Easter eggs inside of one of the most famous race tracks in the world: The Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS).
The IMS Easter Egg hunt, which is in its fourth year, took place from 10 a.m. to noon. The Easter egg hunt was supposed to start at 11 a.m., but a communication mix-up allowed the youngsters to start a few minutes early.
Tom Surber, IMS public relations media manager, said the location for the egg hunt changed from last year.
“Last year we were up in turn three, but now we’re using the flag lot to put more bounce houses and things like that over here,” he said.
Surber said the egg hunt was for children 12 and under and was divided into age groups.
An estimated 5,000 people showed up for this year’s event and by the time it was over, about 22,000 eggs were picked up in just a few minutes.
The children then got to trade their eggs in for candy.
“They have stations over here where they can trade eggs in for goodies,” Surber said. “We just have seen in years past, the eggs will open and the kids will pull the stuff out of the ground or off the grass and eat it, we thought this would be safer and more sanitary.”
Surber said the Easter egg hunt is one of the many IMS Kids Club events.
“It’s important for IMS to reach out to all of the community — families in particular,” he said. “We have a Kids Club, which is outstanding for youngsters and families. We have a lot of events every year. This is an event where not only Kids Club members, but youngsters from all over the community have come with their families and have a great day and enjoy the Easter holiday and get used to coming to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for great events.”