It didn't take long.
Hundreds of kids and their parents packed the harbourfront in Kenora. It was the 2018 edition of the annual Easter egg hunt. Within minutes, they had the parking lot picked clean.
The -25 wind chill set a record for the coldest March 31 on record. It beat the previous mark from 1975, and it wasn't much to say it warmed up a few degrees by 11 a.m., as there was still a brisk breeze coming off the water. However, there weren't too many empty spaces, as they patiently waited for the hunt to begin.
They included Claire Hicks, who joined her sister, as they happily showed off the eggs and chocolate bunny in her basket.
It's all been an important legacy for Bruce Krawicki.
"It feels fantastic. It's been a lot of years," he said after.
After 33 years of running the event, Krawicki's noting he's seeing a second and third generation attend.
"It's great to hear that Ronni's going to continue," he added, referring to the sale of his longtime business.
Ronni Grosenick is taking over the tradition, as she retires from the OPP to take on a new role as owner at Bestway Rentals.
"It's great. It's a wonderful tradition in Kenora," said Grosenick, who was the MC for the event. "We're very happy to take it over."
Jim Quinn from the Lake of the Woods Lions is also pleased to help out.
"It's just about making sure the kids have a hot dog and some hot chocolate after," he said with a grin.
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