LEWISBORO, N.Y. Hundreds of Lewisboro kids toed the line behind the yellow caution tape and giggled anxiously as they waited for the signal. There was a lot at stake: thousands of plastic Easter eggs filled with candy and prizes.
Supervisor Peter Parsons gave the signal and the children were off. And another Lewisboro Parks & Recreation Egg Hunt was underway. The event was held this week at the Onatru Farm Park, and Recreation Director Dana Mayclim said its become a longstanding Lewisboro tradition.
It predates me [as rec director], Mayclim said. Its been going on for about 25 or 30 years.
Kids 3 to 8 years old scampered across the farmhouse grounds questing after some 5,000 eggs the staff had laid out.
Our senior adults groups stuffed the eggs, Mayclim said. Most have candy in them, but there are 18 that have a slip of paper indicating theyre prize eggs.
A table set up at the side of the hunting grounds was adorned with the 18 stuffed bunnies that would serve as those special prizes. But they werent the only bunnies on hand. John Jay High School senior Patrick Brady was in full Easter bunny regalia greeting young egg hunters with hugs and high fives.
Near the farmhouse, childrens entertainers Annie and the Natural Wonder Band were setting up their equipment for a post-hunt concert.
Annie has been doing this for about 15 years, Mayclim said. They are a mainstay of the event.
Meanwhile, out on the hunting grounds, many found that their baskets werent big enough to carry all the eggs they were gathering. A few of them were willing to share their techniques and strategies.
I like to run to the place and make a huge circle with my hands, said Ryan Giner, 7, of Goldens Bridge, as he demonstrated his egg-gathering moves.
It was Ryans second egg hunt, so he brought some experience to the table. However, his friend Will Preddice, also 7, was a neophyte. But he said he found success, nonetheless.
This is my first egg hunt, but I think I got a winner, he said, staring into a basket overflowing with colorful plastic eggs.
John Eckstein Jr. was there was his 4-year-old son, John III. The Ecksteins have only been in Lewisboro for 18 months, and Dad said the egg hunt was a joyful experience.
This is our first time and its been super great, Eckstein said. Weve just been here a year-and-a-half and its so beautiful.
It was made even more beautiful when John III found one of the prize eggs and collected one of the stuffed bunnies, which he held tightly to his chest.
He was a little leery at first, said his dad. But when I said he won one of the prizes, he was like, Yaaa!
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