HARPERSFIELD TOWNSHIP —
Basket in hand, Carsyn Warner stood on the balls of his feet, ready — waiting for the bell.
Like a shot Carsyn, 8, ran across the soggy grass at the Harpersfield Community Center and slid like a baseball player into home base. That egg was his.
Carsyn and a hundred other children gathered plastic eggs filled with jellybeans Sunday at the annual Easter egg hunt.
Tyler Lindberg, 10, won two prizes in the field. Hoping to score some good-behavior points with the Easter Bunny, Tyler gave one of his candy-filled prize baskets to his brother, Darren.
“What you have to do is shake the eggs to see if they rattle,” Tyler said. “If it rattles, it has jelly beans in it. If it doesn’t rattle, you win a prize.”
AnnaMarie Metz, 3, took her egg-filled basket to show the fluffy white Easter Bunny. Brother Blake, 2, wasn’t so certain about the gigantic rabbit.
“We love the Harpersfield egg hunt,” dad Jason Metz said. “Really, Harpersfield puts on the best egg hunt for kids. They always have enough eggs, enough prizes, and they break up the age groups.”
Harpersfield Township Trustee Ed Demshar said he always attends the hunt, even if he isn’t looking for eggs.
“This is an excellent, excellent turnout,” he said. “It is so much fun to see the children having a great time. These are memories that will last a lifetime for so many local families.”
Egg hunt chairwoman Janie Sibell said she had as much fun planning the event as the children had hunting for the eggs.
“All the ladies who help plan this got together and bought the eggs and the prizes and then we had lunch and put the beans in the eggs. It was great fun,” she said.
Sibell said the women filled 1,200 plastic eggs, but that wouldn’t have done much good if the weather predictions had come true.
“We really were expecting snow,” she said. “I mean, that’s what they were predicting all week — snow on Sunday. We had the rain yesterday and the wind last night, but the sun came out today just in time for the egg hunt.”