Kids scramble for eggs at local hunts

What madness! What fun! Goshen Christian and the Chester PBA know how to make kids happy at Easter

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  • Pictured is a scene from the Town of Chester PBA hunt at the Chester Commons Park. "The athletic fields that are usually used were too wet from recent rains but we improvised and made it work," said Chester Police Chief Dan Doellinger. "Close to 300 children participated. The photos shown here are mostly of the 4-6 year old group. PBA President Lee Slaughter did a great job setting up the event and we were pleased to see so many children participate!" (Photo courtesy of the Chester PBA)

  • Is it a chicken? Where are its eyes? At Goshen Christian (Photo by Ginny Privitar)

  • Ava 7, and Autumn Jennings, 1, from Middletown, show off some of their eggs (Photo by Ginny Privitar)

  • Audrey Devlin left, 3, with mom, Amanda; and Leah Spillman, 3, with mom Sarah (Photo by Ginny Privitar)

  • Caitlin Morgenstern, 2, came with mom, Bernadette, from Florida. Her shirt says it all: “Best Day Ever” (Photo by Ginny Privitar)

  • Kids scramble for eggs at Goshen Christian (Photo by Ginny Privitar)

  • Members of the Martinez family, from Goshen, pose with the Easter Bunny at Goshen Christian (Photo by Ginny Privitar)

  • Amanda Crane and daughter Raevyn White enjoyed the cotton candy at Goshen Christian (Photo by Ginny Privitar)

  • Stringing beads was fun, but required concentration (Photo by Ginny Privitar)

By Ginny Privitar

and — Goshen Christian Reformed Church had an egg-cellent Easter egg hunt on Saturday. Not only did the Easter Bunny — and an animated carrot — pose for pictures, but waves of children went wild hunting for eggs on the playground area on the hill behind the church hall.

Four thousand colored plastic eggs were purchased for the day and filled with candies by volunteers. There were so many kids waiting to go out and collect them, they were sent out in groups of 25 or so, about every 20 minutes. In between, volunteers placed more eggs around the property.

Inside more fun awaited, with a bouncy house, popcorn and drinks, face-painting, a craft table and a petting zoo, courtesy of the Anderson family and patriarch John.

His son Brennan helped out too. They had two donkeys, some "Polish” hens (they had so many feathers, you couldn’t see their faces), a Hereford calf, and two bunnies for petting.

There seemed to be well over 400 people in the hall at any one time. The Rev. Samuel Sutter and his volunteers did a great job keeping everyone happy. A video of the Easter story was shown in one of the rooms.

The Town of Chester Police Benevolent Association also treated children to an egg hunt on Saturday, at Chester Common. Candy-filled eggs were everywhere, spread over hill and dale.

One officer described the mad scramble for eggs “being all over in 20 minutes."

Stragglers were still drifting out of the woods 40 minutes later.

Officers Christopher D’Agnese and Lee Slaughter, who was in charge of the event, had plenty of chocolate bunnies on hand to give out.

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