The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

March 30, 2013

Egg hunt draws 200 children to Conneaut Human Resources Center

By WARREN DILLAWAY - warren@starbeacon.com
Star Beacon

CONNEAUT — An estimated 200 children snatched up 3,000 Easter eggs Friday afternoon at the Conneaut Human Resources Center.

“We have 3,000 eggs buried out there in the hay,” said Deborah Newcomb who is co-chairperson of the Conneaut Rotary Club Easter Egg Hunt with Penny Armeni.

Newcomb and Armeni said the egg hunt has been operational since the early 1990s.

“We got here at 11 a.m. (to bury the eggs for a noon hunt), but this will be over in five minutes,” Newcomb said. She was right on the money as fellow Rotarians were scooping up the hay with rakes by 12:06 and a few seconds.

Newcomb said the event is held at the Conneaut Human Resources Center so it can be moved inside if the weather is too bad.

A rope and several adults were all that kept the children from dashing to their goal as the seconds wound down to the noon start of the hunt.

“Walk, don’t run,” was one of the last things the children heard before they ran to pick up their eggs.

Newcomb said several lucky hunters were able to find a couple of larger eggs that were then traded for a large Easter basket.

Devin Sjoden, 11, of Conneaut tried a novel approach to hunting eggs. He didn’t bring a basket.

“It would take too long (to carry the basket) and I want more eggs,” he said while wondering the egg hunt area carrying plastic eggs and hay.

Jean Palmer said her grandson Ethan Medeiros, 5, has been excited about the hunt. “We’ve been preparing for Easter for a couple of weeks. The kids have fun. It’s all about the kids,” she said.