Egg hunt sends kids, par­ents scram­bling at Pick­er­ing

The Advance of Bucks County - - NEWTOWN AREA - By Jeff Werner

NEtTltN Blol­rdH – It didn’t take long for thou­sands of multi-col­ored Easter eggs to dis­ap­pear from the grass at Pick­er­ing cield Satur­day morn­ingK

tith al­most light­ning speed, young­sters from in­fant WR WKHiU WHHns UaFHG aFURss WKH fiHOG, sFRRSinJ uS WKH plas­tic eggs con­tain­ing Easter candy and prizes do­nated by New­town area busi­ness­esK

“If you blinked, you missed it,” re­marked co-or­ga­nizer Paul Sal­va­tore, who stood in the mid­dle of the “eggs”cite­ment with a bull­horn as he counted down each age bracket raceK “It’s amaz­ing to watchK You will never see some­thing dis­ap­pear so quick­lyK”

Even the adults and grand­par­ents had a chance on WKH fiHOG, EuW wiWK a IUiHnGOy UHPinGHU IURP SaOYaWRUH: “Be niceK oe­mem­ber, your chil­dren are watch­ing youK”

The words ap­peared to fall on deaf ears as the adults thun­dered across the grass like a herd of fam­ished buf­falo as they scarfed up the few re­main­ing points of color re­main­ing on na­ture’s car­pet of greenK

“lnce again, the adult cat­e­gory was the ugli­est,” joked Sal­va­tore af­ter­wardsK “But it’s all in good funK”

Be­fore and af­ter the hunt, par­ents and chil­dren warmed up with hot choco­late and cof­fee pro­vided by Pic­colo Trat­to­riaK They also posed for pho­to­graphs wiWK WKH EasWHU Bunny, wKR KRSSHG RnWR WKH fiHOG WR “egg” on the young­stersK

The New­town Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion, which or­ga­nizes the com­mu­nity hunt, upped the egg count this year by RMM, boost­ing it to a whop­ping P,MMM eggsK But as they watched the crowds swell to a record num­ber of chil­dren they won­dered if that was enoughK

Still, they made an ef­fort to en­sure that no one left empty hand­edK

At one point, Mick Petrucci, the pres­i­dent of the New­town Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion, bent down and scooped an egg off the ground and gave it to one child wKR was RuW PanHuYHUHG Rn WKH fiHOG anG KaG nRWKinJ to show for the ef­fortK

“This is prob­a­bly the most peo­ple we’ve ever had,” ob­served Sal­va­toreK “It’s just un­be­liev­ableK te had more than OMM prize bagsK They went real quickK te upped the egg count and it still isn’t enoughK Next year, we may have to look at do­ing 4,MMM to R,MMMK te want to make sure all the kids get eggs and prizesK”

Sal­va­tore said the New­town busi­ness com­mu­nity stepped up big time this year, do­nat­ing a record RMM SUizHs WR WKH KunW. TKHUH wHUH JiIW FHUWi­fiFaWHs anG RWKer good­iesK And of course, there was plenty of candy for all the kidsK

“I’d like to thank the many New­town busi­nesses that stepped up and do­nated to the eventK They make events like this pos­si­ble,” said co-or­ga­nizer gan hline Clark of the Cof­fee NewsK “It was awe­some to see the kids in ac­tionK This is a true com­mu­nity event,” she saidK

“And it’s a New­town tra­di­tionK This is what liv­ing in a small town is all about,” added Sal­va­tore, who has been in­volved with the egg hunt for two decadesK “It’s nice to see the fam­i­lies come out year af­ter yearK I love itK”

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