Three-year-old Ava, her new puppy Cooper, and her dad, Doug Sargent, paused for a photo as they hunted down candy-laden plastic eggs at Sanbornton’s annual Easter Egg Hunt last weekend. (Donna Rhodes) (click for larger version)
April 04, 2012SANBORNTON — Things were hopping at Bodwell's Farm in Sanbornton last Saturday, when the Sanbornton Recreation Department held their annual Easter Egg Hunt at Bodwell Farm.
To keep the hunt on an even keel, director Julie Lonergan and her crew had sections designated for children of varying ages throughout the Christmas tree orchard. On her word, they were all sent scurrying to grab 15 plastic, candy-filled eggs in their initial hunt, just to make sure everyone found some.
Lonergan said she relies on community involvement for each year's hunt, and this year was extraordinary. With so much volunteerism, it amazingly took only a half hour to tuck 2,000 eggs into secret locations throughout the farm, and Lonergan said she greatly appreciated all the assistance she received.
"The guys from Lakes Region Community Services did a great job filling all the eggs with candy once again this year, and the Winnisquam High School Student Council, along with parent volunteers, then came down this morning to hide them all. It was terrific," Lonergan said last Saturday.
She also thanked Priscilla Bodwell for once again opening her property for the annual egg hunt, along with Cedar Sanderson, who helped the Easter Bunny with make-up.
While older children raced along the hillside in the upper reaches of the tree farm, boys and girls under four years of age dashed out to find eggs in their designated lower section of the farm. Some relied on a few hints from mom and dad and, in some cases, even an "egg-sniffing" puppy or two to help find the treasured eggs.
Doug Sargent's youngest daughter Ava, assisted by the family's new Golden Retriever puppy, Cooper, was busy collecting all the candy-laden eggs she could find, tucked amid branches and in the tall grass around the trees. Sargent said he brings his three girls to the egg hunt every year, and always enjoys the event.
"Julie's done a fabulous job with this. Hats off to her and her committee for all they do. It's what makes Sanbornton great. We never miss this," he said.
Nearby, three-year-old Carl and his dad also hoisted a basketful of eggs as they headed out of the orchard. Carl, in his tiger hat and mittens, showed others he was a fierce competitor in the hunt.
"Look! I found a gold egg!" he said, as he held one of his last finds aloft and posed for photos.
Parents also had one last photo opportunity with the Easter Bunny, who not only posed for memorable pictures, but had special treats for the children, too.