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April 1, 2013

Egg-citement abounds: Local Easter egg hunts bring out big crowds

> SOUTHERN INDIANA — The PA system wouldn’t turn on, and the volume from the crowd’s chatter multiplied as parents children tried to hold their children back from the treasures that lay a few hundred yards away. 

And although she wasn’t especially loud, the one-word command from B.J. Lynton was instantly heard and followed by every child at Colgate Park in Clarksville on Saturday.

“Go!” she exclaimed. And a crush of hunters throttled forward. 

Within minutes, the 4,000 eggs that Lynton, assistant superintendent with the Clarksville Parks Department, had hidden with her colleagues were all collected and in the process of getting cracked open.

Easter egg hunts in Clark and Floyd counties on Saturday gave thousands of children plenty of eggs to pick up. 

Max Sternberg, a 10 year old who got about 50 eggs for him and his baby cousin, said he’s been coming  to Clarksville’s egg hunt for about eight years. He said the wild free-for-all that ensues every year is fun, even if it gets a little rough from time to time.

“I didn’t get elbowed like I did last year,” Sternberg said. “I went in for a kite, I grabbed it and I guess some other kid wanted it really bad.”

Lynton said Clarksville’s hunt in Colgate Park began about 25 years ago. She said parents who used to come to the hunt as children are now coming back with their own kids, a sign the event has become a staple for the community.

“There’s not a lot of advertising, but I think they remember that this is always on the Saturday before Easter,” Lynton said. “It’s kind of like a tradition and I think people here can just kind of count on it.”

Josh Renn, a Sellersburg resident, brought his family out for the hunt. He said after about three years of attending, he just loves seeing his kids having a good time.

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