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Children clamor for Easter eggs in Ogdensburg

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OGDENSBURG — Hundreds of excited children scattered across Library Park to find thousands of eggs Sunday at the annual Ogdensburg Easter egg hunt, one of many children’s events as the holiday draws near.

Volunteers hid 3,000 eggs for the hunt just before 2 p.m., each filled with candy. The hunt was free for all children under 10 years old, who were split into three different groups based on age to keep things fair.

“The older kids are out there five minutes, and they’ve found all the eggs,” said Ogdensburg Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Sandra A. Porter.

The youngest group, children under 4, toddled along, pulling their parents along with one hand and gripping Easter baskets brought from home in the other. The older ones went later and had to go it alone without parental assistance.

“We get to get the candy in the eggs,” said Drew E. Blevins, an excited 6-year-old who waited for his own chance to join the fray as the younger kids took their turn.

Everyone was looking for one thing: a coveted golden egg.

“I wish parents could help so I could find the golden egg,” said 8-year-old Kassidie Wells.

Kassidie is one of four children in a family that has made the hunt an annual tradition.

“We’ve done it at least the last four or five years,” said Kassidie’s mother Jennifer Wells.

There were two golden eggs per age group, and whichever kids claimed them took home a gift bag stuffed with sidewalk chalk, a stuffed animal and other Easter treats.

“I got an Easter bunny!” said winner Jasmine A. Mooney, 6.

The golden eggs were usually tucked away from the rest, to make them a bit tougher to find.

“It was right next to a big giant rock,” said 6-year-old Connor M. Grenier, the other winner in his age group.

Volunteers hid hundreds of eggs in between each age group’s hunt and made sure overly eager children (and parents) didn’t scoop up too many. After the hunt, families gathered at the gazebo for punch, cookies and pictures with the Easter bunny.

The weekend proved a pleasant one for Easter festivities. Other hunts were held in Canton and Massena on Saturday. Hundreds of children will always come out for Ogdensburg’s no matter the weather, said Chamber of Commerce Co-vice President Judi A. Ashley.

“We still get people coming out if it’s snowing or raining, they don’t care,” she said.

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