The hunt is on as five to seven year old children run to find Easter eggs at the Idyllwild Community Center, at the 2012 Easter Egg hunt. File photo

After a one-year hiatus, the 20th annual Idyllwild Easter Egg Hunt is back in private hands. The San Jacinto Mountain Community Center Programs and Activities Committee (formerly the Idyllwild Community Recreation Council) will be presenting the event. It will be held at the Idyllwild Community Center property beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 30.

“There are over 2,000 eggs that will be hidden by the Easter Bunny and his volunteers,” Dawn Sonnier said. “There are five age groups and hunts will stagger and begin by age group, with the youngest starting first.”

The five age groups are toddlers up to three years, 4- to 6-year-olds, 7- to 9- year-olds, 10 years and up and a senior “Over the Hill” category (55 and up, primarily intended for grandparents and grandchildren.) Sonnier noted the youngest attendees would be given a head start in the hunt for eggs, as had been done in the past.

Two golden eggs are among those hidden, and when found, will yield special prizes to the lucky finders — an Easter basket for the young and for the “Over the Hill,” a dinner out. “The Easter Bunny will be there for photo-ops,” Sonnier reminded children and adults alike.

Last year, the county’s Town Hall recreation program produced the event. This year, the county offered to return the event to the prior organizers.

An Easter Bonnet contest will also be held with prizes awarded for the best chapeau.

There is no charge for the event.