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March 31, 2013

Huge crowd finds its way to Easter Egg Hunt in Princeton City Park

PRINCETON — The line of cars waiting to get into Princeton City Park Saturday afternoon extended from the gates of the city park all the way back to Courthouse Road. Hundreds of families came to the park to enjoy a sun-coated spring afternoon and the Princeton Recreation Department’s 13th Annual Easter Egg Hunt.

“About half of Princeton comes here for this,” Tiffani Hebb, 18, of Princeton, said. Hebb was one of the adults accompanying a group of 10 kids under 11 years old. Early Saturday morning, Rec Department staff along with students from the Princeton Senior High School Key Club placed about 3,500 plastic eggs in a cluster of three different fields in the park.

“We have four over there, two out there and four here,” Hebb said pointing to the fields for three different age groups — 5 years old and under; 6 to 8 years old; and 9 to 11 years old. Hebb said she participated in the egg hunts when she was young, and predicted that the children she accompanied will enjoy themselves. “It’s fun!” she said.

Amanda McCabe, director of the Princeton Parks & Recreation Department, said that the turnout for the event seems to grow every year. “We’re very blessed to have sunshine today,” she said. “We’ve had it when there was snow before. This is one of my favorite events that we have.”

McCabe said that most of the eggs contain candy treats, but 450 of the eggs contain little prizes. The staff and volunteers distributed the eggs in the three fields so each age group could enjoy the prizes.

“This event grows with each year,” McCabe said. “We expect to have 150 to 200 kids out.”

Georgia Foust of Princeton and her son, Andrew Foust, 4, were preparing to take to the field and search for eggs. “We do love coming to this,” Georgia Foust said. “I love watching the kids enjoying themselves.”

Brian Thomas was standing near the entrance to the 6 to 8-year-olds’ field with his son, Matthew Thomas, 6. “This is new to us, but it looks like fun.”

“Yea!” Matthew Thomas said. “I like Easter!”

By the size of the crowd gathered for the event, it’s likely that most people would agree with Matthew’s comment.

— Contact Bill Archer at barcher@bdtonline.com

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