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With an executive order from Laura Kelly closing down schools, non-essential businesses and limited groups of people to 10 or less to fight COVID-19, a public Easter Egg Hunt became difficult — if not impossible — to host.


But the McPherson Chamber of Commerce came up with an idea — host a virtual Easter Egg hunt.


“We encourage kids, families and adults to enjoy searching for virtual eggs, it’s for anyone and everyone,” said Debbie Hawkinson, director of the chamber. “The concept is like an I Spy activity. Participants will be looking for virtual eggs on local websites and social media pages. The virtual eggs are posted in some rather ingenious places, so keep hunting because you may not find it on the main page.”


They launched the hunt April 6, with the deadline for entry coming at 8 a.m. April 13. That means hunters can go looking on Easter Sunday.


Here’s how it works — egg hunters visit the websites of local businesses and look for an egg. When an egg is found, hunters should take a screenshot, or take a picture of it with another device, along with some identifying content of where the egg was found. Hunters that find and screenshots six different virtual eggs then email them to chamber@mcphersonks.org to be entered for a prize basket worth $100.


There are more than 20 businesses participating. Each business has hidden one egg on its website.


“With so many spring activities being canceled, we hope our community embraces this unique alternative to search for virtual eggs while learning new things about our local businesses and organizations,” Hawkinson said. “We have had very positive comments from our businesses and organizations. They seem to be pretty excited about the McPherson Chamber Virtual Egg Hunt because it is fun, free and easy to participate.”


Participating businesses include: United Way of McPherson County, Twice Told Tales, MPNaz- A Church of the Nazarene, Steps To End Poverty of McPherson County, Three Rings Brewery, McPherson Buzz, Express Employment Professionals, Craft Coffee Parlor, Atelier Design & Print, CK Pharmacy - McPherson, Emprise Bank, Multi Community Diversified Services, Sunflower Mercantile, Steve Bahr Agency - American Family Insurance, Mid Kansas Dental, Hassman Termite & Pest Control, Advanced Physical Therapy, Northgate Manor - McPherson, Scooter's Coffee - McPherson, Journey Mennonite Church - McPherson, Mt. Hope Sanctuary, Amy Ayers - Farm Bureau Financial Services, McPherson Family YMCA and Rise Private Wealth Management - McPherson.