FULTON, NY – For the second year, a Fulton family has taken the initiative to host an Easter egg hunt for children in the Fulton community.
Last year, Robert Zentner, 26, and Char Zentner, 20, noticed that there was not anything for the kids to do in the Fulton community to celebrate Easter. Together, they decided to change that.
The day before Easter, (April 15) the Zentners hosted their second Easter egg hunt event at Van Buren Park for all kids in the community.
We really like to do this, to see the kids having fun, said Char and Rob Zentner, who supplied all the materials along with some donations from individuals in the community.
This year, the turnout was even bigger and the couple included more things for the kids to do, the Zentners added.
Hundreds of children showed up to hunt for eggs in four separate age groups; three and under, four- to six-years-old, seven- to nine-years-old, and 10- to 12-years-old.
Anxious children awaited the 1 p.m. start time to gather eggs from their age group section and by 1:05 p.m. all the eggs had been retrieved.
After the quick hunt for candy and prize filled eggs, the kids were entertained with free face painting by Jessica Warner, a coloring table with Easter themed pictures, and a visit from the Easter Bunny himself.
All kids left with a goody bag and many with smiling faces and hands full of candy.
“It was fun, there was a lot of eggs and a lot of happy kids,” said Susan Goutermout, whose four older children were volunteers for the event.
Getting children and families active and taking advantage of one of many Fulton parks falls right in line with the mission of the volunteer group aimed at revitalizing those very playgrounds, Friends of Fulton Parks.
Founder of the group, Kelley Weaver volunteered at the Easter egg hunt and was pleased with the turnout.
“It’s great! This is what we like to see, these family events in our parks. It’s just amazing that this family took the initiative themselves to do this for our community and we will continue to look for opportunities like these to get our kids and families together in the parks,” Weaver said.
The Zentners, Weaver, and city officials hope to only see the event get bigger and better in coming years.
“It’s nice to see people bringing their kids and to have a family do something nice for the kids of their community on their own,” said First Ward alderman, Tom Kenyon.
Plans are already under way for next year’s hunt, including different rules or timing possibilities and urging the need for more volunteers, Zentner said.