UA-8412995-1 The Southport Globe: Eggs-cited tykes scramble for Easter candy, prizes

Monday, April 2, 2012

Eggs-cited tykes scramble for Easter candy, prizes

It was like the Oklahoma Land Rush, only it wasn't Oklahoma and there was no land at stake.
Instead, hundreds converged Sunday on Fairfield's South Pine Creek athletics field poised -- at the sound of a starter's signal -- to surge forth in a frenzied search for eggs. The prized quarry was, in fact, not the real thing but colorful toy-filled plastic eggs and candy.
The event was the town's annual Easter egg hunt sponsored by the Parks and Recreation Commission. Open to kids from pre-school age to third-graders, the event benefited the Jacky Durrell Memorial Service Award Scholarship Fund, set up to reward Fairfield high school students for their academic and community-service achievements.
Besides the hunt, the Easter Bunny himself and a couple other furry and feathered friends were on hand for the festivities, posing for photos and sharing hugs.
Wielding a megaphone and sounding the start was Ginna Paules, the parks and recreation program director. She called the event "a great way to kick off the Easter holiday season." Paules and her team scattered a huge bounty for the young searchers on the field -- 4,000 toy-filled eggs, 500 M&M candy eggs and 25,000 pieces of wrapped candy. READ MORE:

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