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Easter weekend kicks off with annual Flashlight Egg Hunt



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Alissa O'Brien looks over her collection of eggs with her mom Kristin O'Brien. (Photo by Erin Plummer) (click for larger version)
April 19, 2017
Children and their families came prepared with their headlamps, flashlights, buckets, and baskets to find some treats and prizes during the Flashlight Egg Hunt.

Kindergarteners through fourth graders gathered at Gilford Elementary School's upper field on Friday night for the annual egg hunt put on by the Gilford Parks and Recreation Department.

Children and their families went out by grade to collect a certain number of eggs after dark, guided by flashlights and headlamps. Each egg contained a treat, while some eggs had tickets for bigger prizes.

Parks and Recreation Director Herb Greene said he thought the event went really well and the weather cooperated. He said they were a little concerned with outdoor conditions, especially whether or not the field would be too wet.

"It turned out to be a beautiful night, and the field wasn't too wet," Greene said.

Kids hunted for 4,000 eggs scattered around the field by Parks and Rec staff along with some volunteers from Gilford High School.

The hunt saw around 115 participants. Greene said there was a good mix of kids from all the different grades.

A number of area businesses donated prizes, including Funspot, Art Escape, Walmart, Gilford Cinema 8, Piche's, Lee's Candy Kitchen, Gilford Youth Center, Laconia Pet Center, and Meredith Village Savings Bank.

Kristin O'Brien brought her two daughters to the event

"It's such a great thing the community does — that Parks and Recreation does for the town," she said. "We look forward to it every year."

Alissa O'Brien, 7, said hunting for eggs in the dark wasn't that hard because she had a flashlight.

"I like that it's shiny," Alissa said.

This was the second year the Comeau family has come to the egg hunt.

"It was a nice, family activity," said Matt Comeau.

Avah Mason came to the hunt with her stepdad Colin Ammann.

"It seems fun; the kids have a lot of fun," Ammann said.

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