The Dolly Sanchez Easter Egg Hunt goes 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, April 20 at Peoria Sports Complex, 16101 N. 83rd Ave.
The event includes pony rides, make and take crafts, carnival games, inflatables, rides and more. There are candy hunts for eight different age groups and one for individuals with disabilities.
Admission and parking are free when guests bring canned food to benefit the St. Mary’s/Westside Food Bank Alliance. Some activities require a nominal fee. Food and beverages will also be available for purchase.
The Easter Egg Hunts were initiated in 1976 by Ms. Sanchez, who was a member of the Peoria Community Action Program and Parks and Recreation Board. Because of the success of the hunts, coupled with the city’s growth, the Peoria Community Services Department/Special Events was asked to help in 1983.
Through the years, the Easter Egg Hunts have expanded from one park, Varney, to seven neighborhood parks, and finally in 1994 to the Peoria sports Complex. They take place annually the Saturday before Easter.
The Sanchez family remains an integral part of the Easter Egg Hunts and the community. The Community Action Program continues to assist the families of Peoria and is located in the Peoria Community Center.