With wind gusts of up to 28 miles per hour, families really had to hold onto their Easter bonnets as they gathered on Long Lots School's soccer field early Saturday afternoon for a decades-old event.

Despite the breeze, kids and adults showed up with their Easter baskets for the 61st annual Greens Farms Volunteer Fire Department Egg Hunt.

While the day was bright and sunny, the gusts created a chill. Still, dozens of people hunted for eggs and visited with the Easter Bunny and fire and police personnel.

Helping coordinate the event was Bill Vornkahl, who shared some history on how the happening first came about.

"My brother-in-law Mike Horn, along with John Gudzik, started this 61 years ago, at Greens Farms School initially," he said. "The event moved here when remodeling occurred, and this has stayed as the host site since. It's a longtime family tradition. It was raining last year, so we're glad for the sun this year."

Westport parent Maryellen Adipietro agreed about the sun and cited a couple of reasons for attending. "It's a gorgeous day and this was going to be our one big Easter egg hunt," she said. "We wanted to support the fire department and get to see the Easter Bunny.

The furry fellow was front and center at the edge of the field as a signal set kids in motion tearing across the turf, aimed at candies that had been scattered by event coordinators.

They filled their baskets and eagerly searched for tickets attached to candies that corresponded to prizes.

In the end, everyone was a winner.

Mike Lauterborn is a freelance writer.