Summit Hill egg hunt moved, but that didn't stop the kids
KATIE WARGO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Summit Hill youngsters scramble across the parking lot next to the Hilltop Community Center in the borough to gather eggs during the town's annual easter egg hunt which included over 1000 eggs, lots of prizes and a visit from the Easter bunny last Saturday afternoon.
Cold weather and inclement park conditions moved Summit Hill's annual Easter on the Hill egg hunt across the street to the Hilltop Community Center but the 60 youngsters who gathered for the event were still able to hunt eggs outside on the parking lot.
"Although the weather kept us from the park this year, the egg hunt just keeps getting better every year," said Recreation Commission President Monica Marshall. She said around 1,000 eggs were packed with candy and prize slips this year prepared for eager egg hunters under 12 years of age. Waiting for the successful hunters were prizes of toys, candy and stuffed bunnies which were claimed by prize slips inside the lucky plastic eggs.
The children were divided into four groups and due to the limited parking lot space the groups of children hunted in separate events. The hunt started with the youngest group from 0 to 3 and proceeded to the 4 to 6 year olds, 7 to 9 year olds and concluded with the 10 to 12 year olds. As the children waited on the end of the lot which was blocked from traffic with strategically placed cars, volunteers distributed the plastic eggs on the lot. When the whistle blew, the youngsters scampered across the lot picking up the little treasures as they went.
Besides the hunt, the children also got to meet the Easter Bunny who Marshall said had a fresh look having just had a new makeover.
She said the next big event is the annual Stay-At-Home Festival on Memorial Day weekend which will run two days, Saturday and Sunday. The event is co-sponsored by the Summit Hill Diligence Fire Company and Marshall said she is looking for volunteers to help make the effort successful. Severe weather last year really hampered the prime fundraiser for the organization which found its stands destroyed by the flooding storms and high winds last year. Fortunately several volunteers pitched in afterward to help set everything back up so the event could continue.
"We are looking forward to another successful festival this year and hope everyone can help in some way," Marshall said.