Newtown >> Hundreds of kids, parents and even grandparents scrambled across the grassy fields behind Goodnoe Elementary School on Saturday morning making for quite a sight as they scooped up a record-setting 6,000 brightly colored plastic eggs in just under 15 minutes.
Despite being postponed a week due to a March Nor’easter that left the fields covered in snow instead of Easter eggs, hundreds turned out for the event, jamming the athletic fields on the day before Easter with kids, adults and lots and lots of energy.
“As you can see by the crowds, the postponement didn’t slow anyone down,” said Jess Grosso of Town & Country Kennel, who organized the hunt for the Newtown Business Association. “Luckily we have a great weather day. The kids are all here with their baskets. They have their sneakers on. They are ready to run. We couldn’t be more pleased.”
Adding to the ‘eggs’citement this year was a hunt for the visually impaired, which made its debut through a collaboration between the NBA and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department Bomb Squad Unit.
Just as quickly had more than three dozen eggs specially equipped with beepers been placed on the field by members of the bomb squad, they had disappeared, easily scoped up by the kids who tracked down the beeping sounds and were able to find the eggs.
“I don’t know who was more excited - us or them,” said Grosso as she watched the kids quickly find the eggs and fill their bags and baskets.
“You could see by watching that the kids had a blast,” said Grosso. “They were overwhelmed with excitement. It felt so good to be able to do this for them. And I can’t say thank you enough to the bomb squad unit who made it possible.”