MINT HILL, NC – From April 1 through Easter Sunday, Mint Hill residents hopped around town in search of 24 giant Easter eggs!
Originally devised in the spring of 2021 as a way to keep the community engaged but still socially distant, the egg hunt was such a success that the Town of Mint Hill decided to keep it this year. In fact, they even expanded it, inviting local businesses to participate and increasing the total egg count from a dozen to 24.
Over a dozen of the eggs were positioned at businesses in Mint Hill’s downtown spanning the area between Atrium Health and the Chamber of Commerce. Several others were located at Mint Hill’s outdoor destinations like Veterans Park, Wilgrove Park, and Stevens Creek Nature Preserve. The rest were a short drive away at destinations like Novant Health Mint Hill Medical Center, Servant’s Heart, and Maple Springs Dental.
Local businesses who expressed interest were given an egg and asked to supply an interesting fact or clue that would help lead eager egg-hunters to their location. Some of the clues were long and poetic. “ Spreadsheets, QuickBooks, accounts receivable, accounts payable, assets, tax preparation, cash flow: need help with this? We’re the experts to know!” began Clue #14, ultimately leading to Terry Aaseby, CPA, PLLC. “You can find us on Mint Hill’s Main Street / Across the road is a bakery with the best treats / Built of bricks with a fountain in front / You’re really close to the egg on this hunt / There’s not much left to decode / Simply scan our egg’s QR code!”
Others were deceivingly short and more cryptic in nature. “We help Mint Hillian’s with their Mint” led not to the farmer’s market or the produce section of one of Mint Hill’s many grocery stores but to Mint Hill Wealth.
Participating in the egg hunt proved beneficial to all the businesses that volunteered. “I’ve spoken to several people who had an egg with a QR code,” reported Commissioner Dale Dalton at the April Chamber of Commerce Member Luncheon, “and they were all talking about how much traffic it brought to their business. I really encourage local businesses to reach out to the Town next year to participate.”
Speaking of next year, Mint Hill Events already has plans to bring the egg hunt back bigger and better than ever! “It was a great event!” says Mint Hill Events Assistant Cassie Brooks. “We had more entries than last year! We are already talking about increasing the number of eggs for next year. Thanks to the Arts and Science Council for sponsoring Hop Around Mint Hill.”
Each time an egg hunter scanned the QR code on the back of an egg, they had the opportunity to enter a raffle for a prize furnished by the Arts and Science Council. Congratulations to Kaitlyn Simon, Kay Freeman, Zoe McKinney and Olivia Jordan, who all received $25 Visa gift cards, and thank you to everyone who participated in Hop Around Mint Hill!
Next up for the Town of Mint Hill is Music and Brews Night on May 21 at Veterans Park. An event that promises to be unlike any other put on by the Town of Mint Hill, it will feature music by Coconut Groove, craft beers from Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, and food from a variety of vendors. Music and Brews Night will kick off at 6:30 pm with the concert beginning at 7:00. All ages are welcome. Make sure to follow Mint Hill Events on Facebook to keep up on all of the exciting things happening around Mint Hill!