Sea Bright: The Sea Bright Parks and Recreation Commission along with the Sea Bright Police Department held the 10th annual Easter Egg Hunt on the municipal beach directly behind the firehouse on Saturday.
Six volunteers distributed a total of 5,006 eggs on both the beach and in the Sandy Memorial Playground.
Around 10:30 a.m. approximately 200 parents and children arrived on the promenade and began forming two groups, one on the upper beach and one in the playground as they waited for the Easter Bunny to come and start the event.
At the stroke of 11, the two groups made a mad dash for the treat-filled eggs. For the next 17 minutes children of all ages scoured the sand looking for the three coveted “smiley face” eggs. Children picked up the eggs in hats, baskets, and bags, as parents, grandparents, and friends watched from the sidelines.
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As quickly as the event started, it ended. All 5,006 eggs were found and three lucky winners were awarded their prizes.
With the event winding down the Easter Bunny and Mrs. Carrot found themselves in high demand for pictures and autograph signings. For thirty minutes or so the pair stayed on the beach before hopping back to their homes.
As with most of Sea Bright, the town is still recovering from Hurricane Sandy and the municipal parking lot adjacent to the beach is currently under repair. There was some concern that parking may have limited the number of participants in this year’s egg hunt.
However, that did not seem to be the case. In fact, the Parks and Recreation Commission believed that there were more participants than last year. The commission is already planning on using the new parking lots next year to host an Easter bonnet parade and a variety of other events prior to the start of the egg hunt.