COMMUNITY: Little egg hunters seek prizes

Photo courtesy Takoma Park Recreation Department

COMMUNITY • BY MAX BENNETT

Hundreds of kids dashed to grab as many Easter eggs full of candy and toys as they could. The egg hunters also had the chance to win Easter baskets filled with extra treats for the lucky ones who gathered the illustrious golden eggs.

The annual Egg Hunt kicked off at 11 a.m. Saturday at Ed Wilhelm field behind Piney Branch Elementary School.

The Egg Hunt, hosted by the Takoma Park Recreation Department, drew hundreds of children, parents, grandparents and friends

About 5,000 candy- and toy-filled eggs covered the four marked off areas, all of which were in baskets by 11:15.

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Photo courtesy Takoma Park Recreation Department

Children were divided into four age groups: 2 and under; 3 to 4; 5 to 6; and 7 to 8. Each age group had it’s own marked-off area, which contained one golden egg among the hundreds and hundreds of colorful eggs.

The four lucky kids who found the golden eggs got to take home an Easter basket loaded with candy and toys.

Kim Clarkson brought her children from Silver Spring to take part in the fun.

“There was an egg hunt in Silver Spring, but this one seemed more kid friendly,” said Clarkson.

Maggie, Clarkson’s 8-year-old daughter, said she had a good time collecting her eggs, Maggie said.

Clarkson said she thinks including toys in the eggs is great, as Maggie has diet restrictions.

Clarkson’s son, five-year-old Wilkie, enjoyed his share of candy, however.

Stephen Bean & Leicia Monfort both work for the Takoma Park Recreation Dept. PHOTO BY SAMANTHA BORTNIKER

Stephen Bean & Leicia Monfort at last year’s egg hunt. Both work for the Takoma Park Recreation Dept. Photo by Samantha Bortniker

Leicia Montfort, director of teen programs with the Recreation Department, acted as the emcee for the Egg Hunt, giving the different age groups the go ahead to grab as many eggs as they could.

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Photo courtesy Takoma Park Recreation Department

She started with the 2 and under group, where toddlers bumbled around the field in search of eggs with the help of adults.

When Montfort got in front of the older age groups, she warmed them up with some stretches and jumping jacks.

Montfort said she was trying to buy time for the groups showing up late, ensuring those children had a chance to snatch some eggs.

This year’s egg hunt featured inflatable yard darts, a beanbag toss, face painting, free popcorn, and a prize wheel where every spin won something according to Montfort.

“We’ve been doing [the Egg Hunt] for as long as I can remember,” said Montfort. “Each year we try to evaluate it and try to find out what more we can add to it.”

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Photo courtesy Takoma Park Recreation Department

The early years were just the Egg Hunt, with no other activities for the kids, said Montfort.

“It was grab-and-go,” she said.

Montfort said in the past the Egg Hunt drew about 350 to 400 people and said that was about how many people showed up Saturday.

After all the eggs were collected, many of the kids enjoyed the weather with a candy-fueled romp around the playground.

About the Author

Max Bennett
Max Bennet is from Sayre, Pa. He earned his bachelors degree in English from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania in 2011. After graduating he worked as a copy editor and sports stringer for the Morning Times in Sayre. He currently is working towards a masters degree in journalism at University of Maryland, College Park.