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Kids scramble to hunt 'eggs-traordinary' quarry

It took an all-scramble, but under bright blue springtime skies Saturday, a crowd of kids quickly hunted down colorful quarry scattered across Sullivan Field at the town's South Pine Creek recreation complex.

Hundreds of youngsters were on hand for the annual Easter egg hunt sponsored by the town's Parks and Recreation Department, which included a chance to meet the Easter Bunny and, appropriately, a large chicken mascot.

The "quarry" included no less than 5,000 toy-filled eggs and 100,000 pieces of candy scattered across the grass.

Ginna Paules, the Parks and Recreation Department program coordinator who organized the event, was glad the weather cooperated, unlike many past years. "What a beautiful spring day for this and for families to come out and enjoy," she said. "Rain had been in the forecast, so I'm glad it didn't materialize as the grass would have been wet and we would have had to postpone the hunt."

The event is funded through a Youth Services Grant and the proceeds -- from a jelly bean-guessing game and event registration -- go to the Jacky Durrell Memorial Service Award. "We provide three $1,000 scholarships for Fairfield high school seniors based on community service and leadership," Paules explained.

The scholarships are presented at Awards Night for Fairfield's two high schools in June.

Paules' efforts were supported by Town Youth Council volunteers. The TYC helps coordinate several other seasonal events in town, including the Christmas tree lighting, Breakfast with Santa, April Vacation Camp and Trunk or Treat.

"Events like this make us feel like we're needed by the community," said Thomas Gaudet, a Youth Council co-president and senior at Fairfield Warde High School. "We are able to make decisions on what we do and are giving back as upperclassmen."

Paules couldn't resist adding, "We're eggs-cited to enjoy this eggs-traordinary day."

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Mike Lauterborn

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