More than 1,000 scramble for eggs in Kutztown

Patriot photos by Roxanne Richardson Kutztown Optimist Club hosts its annual Easter Egg Hunt at Kutztown Park April 19.
Patriot photos by Roxanne Richardson Kutztown Optimist Club hosts its annual Easter Egg Hunt at Kutztown Park April 19. Brain Seaman, Kutztown, got the chance to photograph his daughter, Kahlan, 2, before the egg hunt started.

A fire engine’s siren drew the attention of 1,000 people Saturday in Kutztown Park.

Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny were given an official escort for the Kutztown Optimist Club’s annual Easter Egg Hunt. The hunt was divided by age groups and even included one for adults.

“This is just the perfect day for the whole community with the sun out, very little breeze, we must have had close to a thousand kids,” said Don Sechler, secretary for the Optimist Club. “It was a great opportunity for the Optimist Club to do things for the community.”

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Egg hunts were divided by age group and included an adult hunt.

Chris Frey, Kutztown, said the adult hunt was unbelievable. Within three minutes the eggs were gone. Promotional materials warned, “Adults at your own risk.”

“I’ll give it a shot. I haven’t done this since I was 12. I knew they had prizes. I just wanted to come and just see what it’s like. You really are at your own risk,” said Frey.

“No one will even dare to stand out there with me when I start the adult age group,” said Chris Manwiller, egg hunt organizer and past president of the Optimist Club. He said the biggest prizes in the adult eggs were one-dollar gold coins.

In direct contrast to the adult division was the 0 to 2 years where many of the little kids had no idea what an egg hunt was. Marissa LoCascio, Mt. Penn, said her son, Grayson, 1, wasn’t sure what an egg was, but he picked up a couple and threw them in his basket. Grayson gathered four eggs.

Some of the kids who had just learned to walk needed a little help from parents or grandparents and some of the kids just needed a little guidance. Chris Rothermel, Sinking Spring, said his mother pointed the way and then his three-year-old daughter, Isabella, collected the eggs by herself.

“It was fun to watch her run around and enjoy it. She got like 10 eggs,” said Rothermel.

With each age division, the rush for the brightly colored eggs scattered across fields was fast and furious. Some were lucky to even grab one egg. Mason Miller, 12, said he didn’t get many eggs, but had a lot of fun with his brothers, Mitchell, 9, and McCoy, 4, and his cousin, Logan Warke, 3, all from Kempton; even their grandfather, Jonathan Warke, 63, scrambled for eggs in the adult division.

According to Manwiller, one third of the costs came from sponsorship with the Optimist Club funding the rest. Some of the sponsorship came from businesses in Kutztown. This year only 12,000 eggs were set out as compared to last year’s 18,000. He said it’s a lot of work and needed the help of Kutztown University’s boys and girls Rugby Teams. The eggs were stuffed with M&M’s, Good & Plenty, Skittles, Tootsie Rolls, bubble gum as well as special prizes such as a five-pound Hershey Bar for three of the age groups and money for the adult division.