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Warm temps greet a crowd of children and parents at the Easter EGG-stravaganza

Amelia Michelizzi, 3, admires an egg she found during the Easter egg hunt at Easter EGG-stravaganza at the Lake Superior Zoo Saturday. Tyler Schank / 1 / 3
Samantha Pritchard helps her 8-month-old son Easton Ecklund pick up an egg during the Easter egg hunt at Easter EGG-stravaganza at the Lake Superior Zoo Saturday. Tyler Schank / tschank@duluthnews.com2 / 3
Alayna Ronning, 7, and her mom, Dawn Wiles, both of Maple Grove, Minn., work on a pair of bunny ears made out of a paper plate during the Easter EGG-stravaganza at Lake Superior Zoo Saturday. After completing the paper plate ears, Ronning put them on her head and said, "Look, now I have six (ears)!" Tyler Schank / tschank@duluthnews.com3 / 3

Families enjoyed the sun and warm temperatures Saturday at Lake Superior Zoo’s Easter EGG-stravaganza.

When the zoo opened at 10 a.m., it was already 60 degrees, and there was a long line waiting at the front door. More than 1,000 people attended the event, where children were able to get their faces painted, hunt for eggs, play with bubbles, take a train ride and look at all the animals the zoo had to offer.

They even had a chance to touch a bearded dragon that a zoo volunteer described as “designed to look spooky,” to which a child responded by saying, “That’s cool.”

Dawn Wiles drove up from Maple Grove with her daughter and others for the event.

“We planned a girls trip around it and got a hotel for the night,” she said. “So we came (to the zoo) and are going to check out Gooseberry Falls.”

Haley Hedstrom, director of marketing and development at the zoo, said Saturday is the best weather they’ve had for the Egg-stravaganza since 2011.

“Some years we’ve still had snow on the ground,” Hedstrom said.

She said attendance has ranged from 700 to 1,700 people in years past, and that it just depends on the weather. This year the prospect of warm weather boosted online ticket sales with an increase of 300 percent over last year’s sales.

“Besides Boo at the Zoo, this is one of our biggest events,” Hedstrom said.

Adelle Whitefoot

Adelle Whitefoot is a Michigan native who moved to Minnesota in Sept. 2014 when she started as a reporter for the Lake County News-Chronicle. She graduated from Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Mich., in 2012 with a bachelor's in English writing and has been a professional photographer since 2011. Whitefoot is the night general assignments reporter for the Duluth News Tribune. 

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