Belated Basket Filling

CELORON – Although the holiday had come and gone, the turnout for the village of Celoron’s annual Easter egg hunt was as lively as could be expected.

On Saturday, hundreds of area children and their families came to belatedly celebrate Easter by searching for eggs and other various candy items scattered throughout Lucille Ball Memorial Park.

As the children were lined up and ready to go, they were greeted by a surprise visitor. At 10 a.m., the Easter Bunny arrived by fire truck just before the hunt’s commencement, which was announced by the truck’s siren. According to Scott Schrecengost, deputy mayor of Celoron, the fact that the hunt was rescheduled seemed to have no impact on the number of participants.

“This was pretty consistent with what we usually get,” he said, after the conclusion of the event. “We expected, since we had to cancel it last week, to have quite a few more. But it went well, and the kids clean up really nice down here.”

Despite having the park roped off into sections for different age groups, all bets were off once the hunt began. Children could be seen scrambling from one end of the park to the other, grabbing at as many eggs and treats as they could find.

Parents watched the calamity from the sidelines, including Tom Bartlett-who was with his 8-year-old stepson, Alec.

“It’s been a great experience for the kids,” said Bartlett, who moved to the area last year and was attending his first Easter egg hunt at Celoron. “(Rescheduling the event) worked out because, with everything else that’s going on and being on vacation from school, it gives (kids) something else to do this weekend.”

From 9-10 a.m., families were also given the option to preregister at the Community Center for a giveaway-which offered several new bicycles to lucky contestants. A bike was given for each of the four age categories: 1-3; 4-6; 7-9; and 10-12.

The annual Celoron Easter egg hunt was organized and provided through the partnership of the village of Celoron, the Chautauqua Lake Fishing Association and the Lakewood Celoron Loyal Order of Moose 2587.