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Greens Farms firefighters host scramble for Easter bounty

Updated 8:54 am, Sunday, March 31, 2013

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  • Kids scramble across the fields at Long Lots School on Saturday in search of tasty treats at the Greens Farms Volunteer Fire Department's 62nd annual egg hunt.  WESTPORT NEWS, CT 3/30/13 Photo: Jarret Liotta / Westport News contributed
    Kids scramble across the fields at Long Lots School on Saturday in search of tasty treats at the Greens Farms Volunteer Fire Department's 62nd annual egg hunt. WESTPORT NEWS, CT 3/30/13 Photo: Jarret Liotta

 

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There was fun in the sun for an eggs-cited group of Easter egg hunters at the annual holiday search sponsored Saturday by the Greens Farms Volunteer Fire Department.

More than 100 kids, ages 2 to 10, turned out under brilliant spring skies at Long Lots Elementary School for the firefighters' 62nd annual holiday event.

Treats covered the outfield of the baseball diamond, and lucky youngsters who found specially marked candy were awarded prizes.

"If you find a ticket in the egg, you can get a prize," enthused Emma Mechanic, 7, of Westport. "And you have just fun getting candy."

"You have a good chance of getting a prize," her best friend Genevieve Clark, 7, of Westport, confirmed.

"And you never get enough candy," Emma added.

Fresh treats were provided by the firefighters for five separate hunts staged by age groups. Each group of kids then scrambled across the terrain in search of the tasty treasures.

"It was at Greens Farms School originally," Bill Vornkahl, who's been a volunteer firefighter in Westport since 1950, said of the event's early years. "Maybe it's been here 10 years."

Police Officer Michael Gudzik, whose father John Gudzik started the event with Mike Horn, remembers attending the hunt growing up in Westport.

"It's about just watching the kids run and pick up the eggs," he said, helping to distribute candy across the field and inviting some of the kids to take turns sitting in the driver's seat of a police cruiser.

"It's just fun for the kids," said Jay Gordon of Wilton, who brought his 3-year-old twins Christopher and Sophia.

"They love stuff like this," he said.