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April 20, 2014

Hundreds search for prize-filled Easter eggs in Princeton City Park

PRINCETON — The line of cars waiting to enter Princeton City Park Saturday afternoon stretched back from the entrance gate almost all the way to Courthouse Road as hundreds of children and their families flocked to the park for the Princeton Parks and Recreation department’s annual Easter egg hunt.

“This is our 14th year of doing this,” Amanda McCabe, director of the parks and recreation, said moments after 80 or more 6, 7 and 8-year-olds dashed into a field behind the Princeton City Pool in search of plastic Easter eggs — several of which contained some very nice prizes.

“We expect 250 children every year,” McCabe said. “I don’t know if we have that many this year, but it’s close. We put out 3,500 eggs this year. There are 450 prize eggs in the group.” She explained that the prize eggs included some with pieces of candy, certificates for fishing poles, one season pool pass and two free bounce house parties.

“It’s a great family event,” McCabe said. “The Princeton Senior High School Key Club always helps. They make cupcakes so we can give cupcakes and Kool-Aid to all of the children.

“This has been an absolutely beautiful day for this event,” McCabe said. “We did this one time when there was six-inches of snow on the ground. The kids still came out that year and had a good time.”

Kayla and Brandon Porter of Princeton brought their five children to the park, and each child seemed to walk away with a good selection of plastic eggs.

“This event is good for families, but it’s really good for the kids,” Kayla Porter said.

“I think the kids have a lot of fun, and that’s what makes it good,” Brandon Porter said.

Rebecca Bennett tried to soothe her 3-year-old daughter’s tears away as Amber Long of the Parks and Recreation department encouraged the youngsters to hold off until the horn sounded.

“I’ve only got one here,” Bennett said as she surveyed the crowd of children in the 5 years old and younger group. The horn sounded and her daughter, Isabella Weese, went out on the search. Laughter and excitement filled the warm air in the Princeton City Park.

— Contact Bill Archer at barcher@bdtonline.com

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