Families gather for Skaneateles egg hunt

Braving cold weather, cloudy skies and a strong chance of rain, dozens of families gathered in downtown Skaneateles Saturday for the Annual Skaneateles Easter Egg Hunt.

A tradition that has been maintained for over 30 years, the egg hunt featured more than 4,000 brightly colored plastic eggs for children to collect. Each egg contained either candy, a small toy or a slip of paper which could be redeemed for a larger prize from a local merchant.

Open to children ages 7 and under, the egg hunt began promptly at 10 a.m., ending only minutes later. Despite the short duration of the main event, many families arrived several minutes early to take pictures with the Easter Bunny and to get a prime spot in the starting area, giving them a competitive advantage for collecting eggs.

Running such an event requires a good deal of coordination, especially since the annual tradition plays an important role in the Skaneateles community. This coordination is provided by the Skaneateles Chamber of Commerce, which is responsible for running the event, whose member businesses donated prizes to the egg hunt.

"We hold the egg hunt the Saturday before Easter every year, and there isn't a back up plan," said Pam Schoener, Chamber of Commerce President. "Either it happens or it doesn't."

As evidenced by the smiles the event put on the faces of dozens of children, the egg hunt was a success, despite the weather causing a slightly lower than average turnout.

Eric Morris is a senior at Marcellus High School.

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