BENNINGTON -- Over 400 children flooded the northeast end of Willow Park to gather 6,000 colored-plastic eggs from the grass on Saturday in celebration of Easter. Children visited with Mickey Mouse and the Easter Bunny. Families brought their own hard-boiled eggs to color at dye stations as well, all of which was set out Friday night and Saturday morning by the Bennington Parks and Recreation Department.
The majority of the eggs were shipped pre stuffed with candy, small toys and accessories supplied by Ayers Family. Other eggs were filled with prize tickets, which were taken to a prize table so children could choose from some larger prizes.
An additional 500 eggs were laid out in sections for older age groups. Those eggs were hand stuffed with affirmation sayings by Project Against Violent Encounters, a domestic violence support center in Bennington.
"We donated the plastic eggs to PAVE, and they came up with the idea to stuff something in the eggs to make the kids feel good about themselves," said Parks and Recreation Director Tracy Knights. "I think it's awesome."
The hunt was open to Bennington children free of charge. Willow Park, 316 East Road, was taped off into four sections, and littered with prize eggs suitable for four different age groups.
Each age group's hunt was separated by 10 minutes so that parents could be with their children. As the egg hunts progressed with age, the competitiveness between kids over clusters of eggs intensified. Knights said the egg hunt has grown in popularity annually over the last 8 years.
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