by: Shelley Marsh

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An adult Easter egg hunt?  The mind reels with possibilities of what you might find hiding in the eggs.  Mini-bottles?  Souvenir shot glasses? Condoms?

Although these speculations are as fictitious as the Easter Bunny, the event is real: On Saturday, March 23, the Jacksonville Jaycees will host their 2nd annual Adult Easter Egg Hunt at Hemming Plaza in Downtown Jacksonville.

For only $15, you’ll get the opportunity to relive childhood memories and possibly even find a prize egg. Over 1000 eggs will be hidden throughout the plaza.  Inside each egg, participants will find candy or a prize ticket. Prizes include gift certificates and sweet swag baskets from local businesses like Sephora, Fionn MacCool’s, The Cheesecake Factory, Carrabba’s, Longhorn, Publix, Sweets by Holly, Crispers, Chipotle, Which Wich and PRP wine tastings.

There will be other “adult” offerings as well: beer, for starters.  When the fast kids push you down and snatch all the eggs, you can drown your disappointment.  The good people from Bold City will be there serving craft brew for $4 a pint, or you can purchase three beer tickets for $10.  Deejay Shawn DeVries will be on the main stage.  Those Jacksonville favorites, the food trucks, will be on hand as well.

Funds raised at this event will go to support the many local community service projects organized by the Jacksonville Jaycees.  The Jacksonville Jaycees are particularly involved with the Rodeheaver Boys Ranch, the Ronald McDonald House, Habijax, Wounded Warrior Project, animal shelters and other local charities on the First Coast.

You have to be 21 to participate in the Adult Egg Hunt, but you don’t have to bring your own Easter basket–loot bags will be provided for you to lug away the spoils.  This event is rain or shine, and the organizers suggest that a flashlight might come in handy to help you spot those elusive, well-hidden eggs.  There will be photo opportunities you won’t want to miss.  Think of how awesome you’ll look in your new Facebook profile pic, holding a beer with your arm around the Easter Bunny.
Sign in starts at 4:30, and the event starts at 5.  Get there early if you want to beat the big kids.