One of the first events to fall victim to the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020 was Wright’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt in Lyndon. The event, hosted by the John and Kodi Wright family has been a tradition since 2013. Unfortunately, this year’s hunt has once again been cancelled due to Covid concerns.
“We waited as long as we could,” said Kodi Wright in regard to the decision. “Some people wanted us to simply delay until June, but that just wouldn’t work for a lot of reasons.” John Wright made the formal announcement at the February Lyndon village council meeting.
Cory Law, Whiteside County Health Department Emergency Response Coordinator, said that under the state’s current Phase 4 guidelines groups must be limited to fifty. He added that a more relaxed version of Phase 4 may come in time as more people are vaccinated, but gave no time frame.
The hunt began as an Easter activity for the Wright family and friends. Through their generosity and community spirit they opened the event to additional youngsters until they were forced to find a larger venue. The village gave them permission to hold it at Richmond Park and since then it has grown at an exponential rate.
In 2019 the event drew approximately 3,500 visitors and 1,600 hunters who scooped up 30,000 eggs and rode away on over 400 bikes.
Kodi Wright said the lone upside to the cancellation is that many of the purchased prizes and bikes that had been collected in 2020 can be used next year.
Last year, the Wright’s drove the Easter Bunny around the village on the Saturday before Easter in a one vehicle parade, “to bring some joy the town,” said Kodi. “I feel bad we haven’t been able to give back….which is what we look to do.”
For the Wright’s a return to “normal” can’t come soon enough. “It breaks out heart to not be able to do it. There are a lot of kids who really appreciate the hunt,” said Kodi. The Wrights plan to be back in 2022 but Kodi added, “We don’t know what the future will bring but Covid has certainly taken enough from everyone.”