Hundreds Of Easter Eggs Grabbed in Minutes at West Park
More than 1,600 people descended on Oswego’s West Park Saturday in search of Easter eggs filled with special goodies. A children’s parade got the festivities started at 10:30 a.m. and the hunt was set to start at 11 a.m. A few people jumped the gun and the eggs needed to be replaced before the hunt could officially get started.
OSWEGO, NY – Nearly 2,000 children, of all ages, and their parents swarmed West Park on Saturday morning for the Youth Bureau’s Oswego Easter Egg Hunt.
Several parents jumped the gun and began collecting the colorful prize-filled plastic eggs nearly a half hour before the scheduled start of the event.
While most replaced the eggs where they had found them, many did not.
At the end of the event, there were several special prizes not claimed.
Jen Losurdo of the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau believes that was because the parents keep the eggs and left the park early.
The unclaimed prizes will be donated, Losurdo told Oswego County Today.
A little boy with about 5 eggs of his own, noticed a young girl with none and gave her one of his.
Random acts of kindness among the children like this were reported several times during the event.
Prior to the event some hungry squirrels discovered the myriad eggs and gnawed through the plastic to get at the candy inside. A least one of the felonious critters was seen snatching an egg and scampering up a tree with it.
At 10:30 a.m., a children’s parade around the park kicked off the festivities.
The hunt was scheduled for 11 a.m. to noon with 100s of prizes up for grabs. The energetic egg searchers were more than up to the task and snatched up the eggs in a matter of minutes.
Several children, however, were unable to get any eggs. Organizers did their best to make sure every child got something. They handed out bubble makers, coloring books and other goodies.
The hunt was an all-volunteer event and the prizes were donated by dozens of Oswego businesses, groups and ordinary citizens.
Losurdo divided the eggs into specific age groups. They all had candy, goodies or prize tickets inside.
She said she was grateful for all the help from the volunteers and everyone who donated.
It’s sad that a few adults took it upon themselves to not follow directions and ruin the fun for many others, she added.
Those issues will be addressed prior to holding another Easter egg hunt, she said.