NEWTOWN TOWNSHIP >> Now you see them. Now you don’t.
Within minutes, 10,000 brightly colored plastic eggs had disappeared from the field behind Goodnoe Elementary School on Saturday morning, scooped up by hundreds of youngsters, parents and even grandparents who scrambled across the field during Newtown’s annual spring egg hunt.
The sight left Bill Sheffer, president of the Newtown Business Association (NBA), and the NBA’s egg hunt organizer Beverly Dimler, speechless.
“I’m speechless,” said Sheffer. “It was amazing to watch. They picked the field clean in no time. You blink and it’s over. It happens that fast.”
Dimler was just happy the rain moved out in time for the hunt, which took place under cloudy skies and brought hundreds to the field, including the Easter Bunny who was on hand to greet youngsters and nibble on a few carrots.
According to egg hunt logistics director Paul Salvatore, this was the biggest egg hunt ever organized by the NBA.
“We opened up the field this year adding more space in the competitive categories. This is the biggest it’s ever been,” said Salvatore.
It also broke an egg count record reaching the 10,000 mark thanks to the hard work of Dimler of All Time Self Storage who stuffed each and every egg with candy and prizes.
Dimler joined Salvatore, District Judge Mick Petrucci and Eric Scott Gold out on the field to count down the start of each age group category.
The hunts began innocently enough with the youngest given an assist by their parents as they collected eggs from the grass. But as the hunts transitioned to the older age group categories, the competitive spirit took on a whole different look.
“Remember, your children and grandchildren are watching,” Salvatore advised just seconds before a mad dash of grandparents and then adults swept across the field.
Moments later the hunt was over, but Petrucci was still laughing at what he had just seen.
“That was the funniest adult category I’ve ever seen,” said Petrucci. “It literally looked like a UFC cage fight going on in the middle of the field,” he said. “It was like the royal rumble of Newtown.”
Luckily, there were no injuries - except for some pride - and no need for citations, said the judge. “There was no need for egg court today. But seriously, everybody behaved and it looked like a lot of people had a lot of fun.”
From the youngest egg hunter to the oldest, Petrucci said it was “a clean, fun, family fun event. No citations given. No injuries. There were a couple muddy knees, but what I saw the most were smiles. Lots and lots of smiles. And that’s what it was all about.”
The egg hunt is made possible by the First National Bank of Newtown, which donated 7,500 eggs; Sam’s Club, which donated the candy; and the Newtown Business Community, which contributed the valuable prizes hidden inside the eggs, including gift certificates, gifts and gift baskets.
Nothing Bundt Cakes also participated, providing free samples of its delicious baked goods to egg hunt participants.