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Dolly Sanchez Easter Egg Hunt attracts thousands of children

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Posted: Friday, April 4, 2014 2:00 am

For 38 years, the Sanchez family and the City of Peoria have worked together to give children the ultimate Easter egg hunt. This year’s egg hunt is 8 a.m. to noon April 19 at the Peoria Sports Complex, 16101 N. 83rd Ave. just south of Bell Road. New this year is a dedicated hunt time geared for children who have disabilities. This will create a safer and more enjoyable opportunity.

Sponsored by Sears Vacations, this year’s activities for families include “Cottontail Lane,” which will feature carnival games and fun arts and crafts. Children can also visit animals at the petting zoo, take a train ride, and jump on the inflatables. “Mr. and Mrs. Bunny” will be starting the candy hunts 8:20 a.m. with the 1-year-olds.

The 38th Annual Dolly Sanchez Memorial Easter Egg Hunt times:

Age 1 – 8:20 a.m.

Age 2 – 8:45 a.m.

Age 3 – 9:10 a.m.

Age 4 – 9:30 a.m.

Age 5 – 9:50 a.m.

Age 6 – 10:10 a.m.

Age 7 and 8 – 10:25 a.m.

Age 9 and 10 – 10:40 a.m.

Individuals with disabilities – 11 a.m.

Dolly Sanchez wanted a fun event to allow all children in Peoria the opportunity to enjoy an Easter egg hunt. That was in 1976. Today, thanks to Dolly’s vision, and a lot of time and energy from the Sanchez family and the city, the Dolly Sanchez Memorial Easter Egg Hunt is one of the largest events of its kind in Arizona.

Parking and admission is free with a donation of canned food to benefit St. Mary’s Westside Food Bank Alliance. Food and beverage concessions will be available for purchase including a special $5 kids’ meal (hot dog, small soda and chips) for those 12 and under. For more information, call 623-773-7137, or visit

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