MARLBOROUGH – Three minutes.
That’s how long it took for 22,000 eggs to end up in children’s baskets.
The Fraternal Order of Eagles Marlborough Aerie #3565 sponsored the event, which took place on Saturday, April 8, at Ward Park.
Hundreds of families lined around the park as Eagles and volunteers, including City Councilor J. Christian Dumais, scattered plastic, candy-filled eggs across the field.
When noon arrived, Eagle Steve Kerrigan gave the signal, and the young egg hunters converged onto the field.
After the egg hunt, the children were treated to ice cream and juice boxes. The Easter Bunny took some time out of his busy schedule to pay a visit, and he brought along the Cat in the Hat, Elmo and Buzz Lightyear to say hi to the kids and pose for photos.
Kerrigan thanked his fellow Eagles and Boy Scouts for filling the eggs and helping to organize.
According to Judy Lucas of the Eagles Auxiliary, nearly 80 volunteers came to the Aerie to place candy in the eggs on Thursday, April 6.
“It’s a nice event,” he said. “It’s been going for 32 years, but it’s really 30 because of COVID – the event was canceled in 2020 and 2021. [Former Mayor Michael P.] Hogan asked us to organize this.”
For information on the Eagles, which will celebrate its 50th anniversary next year, visit www.facebook.com/marlborough3565.