CANTON - Big traditions can start with little things.

That's what the Canton Volunteer Fire Department is hoping.

The fire department has 3,000 little Easter Eggs with candy treats inside, just waiting for children to find them during the department's brand-new "Easter Egg Hunt & Lunch with the Easter Bunny" event that debuts at 11 a.m. today at the Canton Fireman's Fairgrounds.

Jodie Bardo, one of the organizers, hopes that it's the start of a community tradition in Canton.

"I'm hoping that we will have a good turnout for it and it's something that will grow every year, and that we can make it an annual event," she said.

She explained that the "Easter Egg Hunt & Lunch with the Easter Bunny" is an outreach for the community, made possible by proceeds from the Fall Fling Festival. Last year, the fire department assumed management of the festival for the first time.

Bardo noted that there will be plenty of eggs for each group and several chances to win per group.

Here are the details of the event:

The age groups for the egg hunt are as follows: Ages 1 and under; Ages 2 - 3; Ages 4 - 5; Kindergarten - First Grade; and Second - Third Grade.

Eggs are filled with candy or a number to win an Easter surprise. Right after the Easter egg hunt in the social hall, lunch with the Easter Bunny will be $6. Lunch will be your choice of a hotdog or sloppy joe, fries, cookie and a drink, The $6 includes a 5 x 7 picture with the Easter Bunny. Additional picture packages are available. Pictures are through Stacey Robbins Photography, based in Canton.

Without a picture, the cost of the lunch is $4. Customers get a ticket when they pay.

The fire department supported a good cause when it ordered the Easter Eggs.

According to Bardo, the candy-filled eggs were purchased from Sunny Bunny Easter Eggs, which employs the disabled.

Eric Hrin can be reached at (570) 297-5251; email: