Sunny skies greeted area children as they looked for multicolored treasure in the numerous Easter egg hunts held Saturday throughout Washington County.
“I did real good,” said Alena Jones, 9, of Canton Township. “I’m not going to eat all my candy; I’m going to share it with my mommy because she had to work and couldn’t come.
“But not the gummy bears – they’re my favorite.”
Jones and her family were carrying sacks of hard-earned candy pilfered from the hundreds of pastel plastic eggs strewn along the grounds of Trinity North Elementary School in Canton Township.
“I run really, really fast,” said Savannah Post, 10, of Canton. “I look forward to Easter every year because we get candy and we get to color eggs.”
Members of the Canton Township board of parks and recreation put on the Easter hunt for area children. In addition to the hundreds of stuffed plastic eggs filled with Reese’s and Hershey’s bars, gummy bears, M&M’s, Sour Patch Kids and Tootsie Rolls, organizers auctioned off bicycles and gave each child a grab-bag. Parks board president Robin Elliott said the cold weather meant there were slightly fewer kids for this year’s affair, but that just meant more candy for those who braved the cold weather.
And there was no questioning what was Jackson Ryan’s favorite.
“Candy bars,” said Ryan, 4, of Canton. “That’s right, I love candy bars, and I want to find them all.”
At a similar event held at the South Strabane Fire Department building, children were lined up at four separate roped-off courses in order to get their fill of plastic “eggs” shaped as bunnies, footballs and other off-the-wall items. Among those participating was 1-year-old Brock Morgan, who was looking forward to celebrating his first Easter.
“I don’t think he knows what’s going on,” said Brock’s mother, Sarah Morgan. “He’s really not supposed to eat candy, so we’ll have to eat it for him.”
Cecil Township’s afternoon hunt encouraged children broken into four separate age groups to explore a wide swath of park grounds in search of their sweet quarry.
One of the children lined up at the challenging course set up for the older children, 10-year-old Cecil resident Alexis Borkowski, was solemnly contemplating what could be her final spring chase. Because of age limitations, she won’t be able to participate in the Easter egg hunt next year.
“I’m sad,” Borkowski said. “I’m really good because I find stuff better. But next year, I’ll just help my little brother. He’s probably not going to share, so I’ll have to steal candy from him.”