As well-dressed children lined up to make a mad dash for plastic eggs at Sunday’s annual Easter Egg Hunt in , everyone knew the moment was nearly at hand once a special guest pulled up.
“Easter Bunny! Easter Bunny!” the young crowd chanted as a costumed bunny and chick pulled up at the gazebo in a red convertible.
It was all over in a minute.
An estimated 100 children scooped up 35 dozen plastic eggs on the field, each filled with a small piece of candy. The park green, once bright with blue, yellow and red orbs, was stripped bare, which Clinton Strait considered a success.
The event has been put on each year by the Northport Centerport Lions Club dating to the 1950s, according to Strait, president of the Lions Club.
“We’ve had people come back and say, ‘I ran in this as a kid,'” Strait said. “They’re bringing their own kids now.”
The egg hunt was followed by the spoon race, which provided the most memorable images of the afternoon. Children grouped by age and gender had to run from one end of the field to the other balancing a hard-boiled egg on a spoon.
The Lions Club donates to several local organizations, from the to , Strait said. They also support the during the summer.