An Easter tradition

Hundreds of children rushed across the lawn at Clift Park on Saturday in a race to gather the most eggs.

It was the annual Easter Egg Hunt, sponsored by the Skaneateles Are Chamber of Commerce and the Skaneateles Rotary Club. Despite the many event goers, the hunt started and ended in only a few minutes as kids raced around grabbing up plastic egg after plastic egg.

Eighteen-month-old Elijah Blados walked carefully from one treasure to another and placed each of them carefully into his Easter basket.

"We've lived here about five years. Last year he was too small," said Janet Blados, Elijah's mom. "We're planning to come next year barring the weather's good."

Next year, the Blados family will have another little one in tow if the family makes it to the park for the event.

After most of the eggs were collected, sisters Allison Comer, 9, and Emily Comer, 7, were digging through their matching Easter baskets to see what kind of prizes they snatched up.

"They do it every year and it's fun," Allison said about the annual event. She grabbed 15 eggs before heading back to her spot in the grass.

For the last five years the girls have been attending and this year they arrived on time, said mom Melissa Comer.

"They offer these little prizes so they can go on to [shop at] the stores after," Melissa said holding up a tiny slip of paper with a deal printed on it from one of the local merchants.

"I got tattoos and candy," Emily said after counting her eggs; she had 11 in all.

The egg hunt wasn't just about who could get the most plastic, prize-filled containers, but also about hanging out with the Easter Bunny. Elizabeth Mashia, 17 months, had her chance to sit with the big bunny. Her dad, John said he thinks the event is a wonderful thing to offer the community.

"I think it's great. We're lived here about a year and it's a very nice, quaint town," John said.

According to Luann Robinson, a member of the event committee, the event is the fastest one in Skaneateles.

The annual Easter Egg Hunt has been a tradition in the community for more than 20 years.

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