What a fun EGGstravaganza! (PHOTOS)

Due to the rainy weather this past Saturday afternoon, the annual New England Easter egg hunt had to be moved inside into the Fire Hall, something that hasn’t had to happen in the numerous years of the annual events existence.

Due to the rainy weather this past Saturday afternoon, the annual New England Easter egg hunt had to be moved inside into the Fire Hall, something that hasn’t had to happen in the numerous years of the annual events existence.

Despite having the event indoors, around 100 kids ages infants to 10 years old found themselves scrambling for candy and prizes around the fire hall to start off their Easter Holiday weekend.

To try and make everything fair for all ages, three age groups were formed to give every child in attendance a chance at receiving candy. The youngest group ages infants to four years old were in the fire hall’s conference room where eggs were hidden around the room, and for the two older age groups ages 5-7 and 8-10, candy was placed in the middle of the main floor of the fire hall for the kids to have a mad dash to receive candy. After the candy hunt, every child present received a prize of either a toy, sports toy, or a craft item.

First year organizer Cathy Rustan, took over as the coordinator after Cheryl Mellmer who organized the annual event for a number of years, decided that it was something that she needed to pass along to someone else. Rustan who didn’t know exactly what to expect was very pleased with the way the community joined to help her make the event a success.

“I had so many people ask me if I they could make a donation, or ask me if I needed help. A lot of people approached me asking what I needed, I was very fortunate that way.” Rustan said.

The New England Easter Egg Hunt is sponsored by the City of New England, along with donations from New England Businesses, and New England residents.

Even though the weather changed the original plan and moved the event inside instead of being outside at Riverside Park, the annual event was still a highlight of the weekend for many New England youngsters. Rustan would like to thank everyone who helped donate money or their time to make the event a success.

“Despite it being inside, I had several people tell me that it was fun. I like it because it is the first big spring event after the winter and everybody gets together,” Rustan said. That is why I was excited to do it.”

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