UINTAH -- The city got eggs-actly what it needed in private donations -- and then some -- to keep its annual Easter egg hunt alive.
"We (received more than) what we wanted," Uintah City Mayor Sue Bybee said of the $1,300 in donations the city received for its egg hunt after a call went out to residents for help.
Because of a tight budget, the city had no funds for the event, Bybee said.
In trying to save taxpayer money, Bybee said, the council cut the egg hunt from its budget to cover police protection cost. The city turned the activity over to the Uintah City Youth Council.
However, the youth council fell about $500 short of the $1,000 needed to host the activity for area children.
Upon being made aware of the shortfall through the city's website and local media, residents stepped up to cover the difference.
"Some of them came forward due to the fact that it was in the (Standard-Examiner)," Bybee said.
Nearly 200 people participate in the annual egg hunt, at which young children hunt for colored plastic Easter eggs filled with candy, Bybee said.
This year's egg hunt is scheduled for 10 a.m. March 30, at Uintah City Park, 2105 E. 6550 South.
Over the years the city's egg hunt has gotten good participation, with many residents bringing their children, and now their grandchildren, out to the event, Bybee said.
Because of the large number of children who participate, Bybee said, about $1,000 in donations is needed to put on a successful event.