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Warm weather draws out local bunnies for Lions Club Easter Egg Hunt

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - Updated: 9:44 AM


C-S-E Editor

FORT PLAIN -- On Saturday morning, Spring was in full bloom in downtown Fort Plain, the massive crowd of kids that turned out for the annual Central Mohawk Valley Lions Club Easter Egg Hunt blessed with warmth and sun as they tore off through Haslett Park searching for eggs of all colors.

While any egg would do, many kids took the opportunity to search for rare, coveted golden eggs.

The Lions Club has held this event locally for nearly 50 years, and while it used to alternate between communities -- held at each community's school -- the location was cemented as Haslett Park in downtown Fort Plain a few years ago. 

Zone Chairperson Fred Chambers explained that the decision to hold the event annually in Haslett Park was based on the fact that it's a perfect, central location, as the club serves Canajoharie, Palatine Bridge, Fort Plain, Nelliston and St. Johnsville. It's also incredibly easy to find, spacious and has lots of places to hide eggs.

Nine Lions were on-scene at about 8 a.m. to hide the eggs, completing the task by the time crowds started to show up around 9:30 a.m. At exactly 10, Lions Club Member Jeff Jones, perched atop the Haslett Park Bandstand, announced that the half of the park containing the fountain was the search area for kids aged one month to second grade. Kids in second grade through sixth searched in the vicinity of the bandstand, 

Excited Lions Club Member Tammy Jones, dressed as the Easter Bunny, was helping, hopping and high-fiving kids throughout.

Each kid was able to find one egg, which they then turned in for a chocolate bunny. Chambers explained that the bunnies, which the Lions also sell in local banks and organizations around Easter, raise money for the Lions Eye Foundation in Albany. The Lions Club purchases seven cases, each loaded with a couple dozen rabbits, giving back to the Lions Eye Foundation and to the local community simultaneously.

Saturday's event was one of the most well-attended in a long time and Lions members were thrilled with the turnout.

"The Lions motto is 'we serve' and this is one of the things we do to serve the people and give back to the community," Chambers said.

The Lions Club's annual White Cane Sale is coming up the first weekend of May. Lions will be stationed in businesses from Canajoharie to St. Johnsville soliciting donations. Businesses also send in contributions.

"I'm proud of this area, because people are very generous," concluded an appreciative Chambers.

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