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Tilton Parks Commission hosts unique Earth Day celebration



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Three-year-old Marshall had a great time filling his bucket with colored eggs during the Tilton Parks Commission's annual Earth Day Egg Hunt last Sunday. (Photo by Donna Rhodes) (click for larger version)
April 25, 2018
TILTON — With sunshine and warmer temperatures abounding, boys and girls gathered at Riverfront Park in Tilton last Sunday morning for an Earth Day Egg Hunt, where hundreds of plastic eggs, lots of treats and a special visitor once again provided a lot of fun for families this year.

Bob Hardy of the Tilton Parks Commission said the event changed from Easter to Earth Day a few years ago when it became difficult to schedule an egg hunt that did not conflict with those held in neighboring communities.

"We thought, hey, Earth Day's coming up, so why not make it then?" he said.

The added bonus, commissioners said, was better weather, especially with an early Easter this year.

As families gathered at the park's pavilion, children looked eagerly out on the lawn where 1,500 colorful plastic eggs were scattered. The area was divided into three sections, one for each age group, so that every child had an ample opportunity to collect as many eggs as they wished. Inside each were all sorts of sweet treats but there were also 24 special eggs that had a ticket inside. Those tickets could then be turned in for prizes.

Helping count down the start of the hunt was a very special guest this year as well. Boys and girls were delighted to see that the Easter Bunny had made a return trip to town just for Earth Day. He was greeted by cheers and high fives before everyone made their way out into the park to gather their eggs.

"This was a really nice thing to do," said Jan Jurta as she watched the joy on her young grandson's face as he filled his basket.

Next on the agenda for the Park Commission will be a Nature Hike through Buffalo Park at 10 a.m. on May 19th. Registration is requested for the hike and can be done through the town's Web site.

On June 2, Wildlife Encounters will return to Riverfront Park at 11 a.m. with some interesting animal friends for families to see, while a fun and exciting Knocker Ball game day is also being planned for late June or early July. Details on the date and time will be announced in the near future.

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