MARLBOROUGH – A longtime Marlborough holiday tradition returned for its 30th year on Saturday after a two-year hiatus due to pandemic restrictions.
The Marlborough Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie #3565 delighted hundreds of children with an Easter egg hunt. While most of their previous egg hunts took place at Ghiloni Park, this year’s event returned to its original venue at Ward Park.
Other than the past two years, the egg hunt was canceled only once — in 2015. That year’s lingering snow caused muddy fields at Ghiloni Park.
Once again in preparation for this event this year, many Eagles members along with their families spent several hours stuffing 22,000 colorful plastic eggs. Also helping were members of Cub Scout Pack 31, Boy Scout Troop 41 and the Marlborough Junior Woman’s Club.
Among the stuffed goodies were M&Ms, Snickers and Hershey’s Kisses. Some green eggs were stashed with money.
Egg hunters were alerted of the event’s noontime start by Marlborough Eagles’ past President and Marlborough City Clerk Steven Kerrigan. Soon afterward, throngs of kids and their grownups scooped up thousands of scattered eggs within a few minutes.
Afterward, they met the Easter Bunny and mingled with TV characters including Elmo of “Sesame Street” and Chase and Marshall of “PAW Patrol.” Children also got treats from Hudson’s Juniper Farm ice cream truck as well as juice drinks.
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