Pure Egg-citement

A picturesque day at Allen Park provided the backdrop for the city of Jamestown’s 67th annual Easter egg hunt.

Approximately 400 children converged on the park with their families to scour the playground and field areas to collect as many plastic eggs and candy as possible.

Hosted by the Jamestown Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department, the event kicked off at 10:30 a.m. with the arrival of the Easter Bunny by fire truck. The children then went to the three designated search areas based on age – 9 to 12, 5 to 8 and 4 and under – and then, after the signal to begin, ran off in search of the more than 1,300 eggs that had been previously scattered throughout the park by volunteers.

The event made for a much faster and more streamlined experience than that of last year’s event, which had to be held inside the park’s ice rink due to cold temperatures and muddy park grounds. According to Julia Ciesla-Hanley, city recreation coordinator, this year’s weather was ideal for hosting the hunt outside.

“After this year’s winter, this feels like summer in Bermuda,” Ciesla-Hanley said. “We couldn’t have asked for better weather. When it’s beautiful out like this, we’re able to have it outside – which makes it for a very nice event because the kids are able to play on the playground before and after they hunt for the eggs.”

Hidden among the 1,300 eggs were two silver eggs and two gold eggs that were sponsored through a donation in memory of Mark Hess, the former owner and operator of Montagna’s Furniture, who for several years sponsored the gold and silver egg prizes. Ciesla-Hanley said the silver and gold eggs contained $50 and $100 Wal-Mart gift cards, respectively.

In addition to the eggs, more than 5,000 pieces of wrapped candy were strewn throughout the park grounds – which Ciesla-Hanley said incentivizes participation from the older children who would rather collect candy than plastic eggs.

The annual Allen Park Easter egg hunt has gathered many sponsors over the years, which provide mainly monetary donations. This year’s event was sponsored by the Sertoma Club of Jamestown, Allen Park Women’s Club, Morton Club, Kendall Club, Northwest Savings Bank, Jamestown Bowling Company, McDonald’s, Wendy’s and Linda Crossley at Esquire Cleaners.

For more information, contact the city Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department at 483-7523.