SUSSEX COUNTY — Anticipation and excitement abounded Easter weekend with community egg hunt events in Sussex County towns.
Saturday was the big day for the Georgetown Extravaganza, Millsboro’s Easter Egg Hunt and the Egg Scramble in Frankford.
Other weekend events included an egg drop from a helicopter in Laurel and Easter Sunday egg hunts in Georgetown.
The Marvel Carriage Museum grounds were a beehive of activity with face-painting, games, bounce house, Lil’ toot train rides, food and craft vendors, photo opts with the Easter Bunny and a puppet show – The Misadventures of Peter Rabbit in Farmer McGregor’s Garden – put on by the Sussex County Master Gardeners.
It was the 17th edition of the event sponsored by the Greater Georgetown Chamber of Commerce.
“A great event,” said Greater Georgetown Chamber of Commerce president Angela Emerson. “We made some adjustments this year. I see a lot of smiling faces. And that is what it’s all about.”
Millsboro Egg Hunt
Sponsored by Edward Jones Investments/Mitch Rogers and Plantation Lakes Homeowners Association and presented by the Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce, the event featured 6,000 candy-filled eggs plus special prize eggs.
Prizes were donated by McDonald’s of Millsboro, Millsboro Lanes, Dairy Queen, Millsboro Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary, Lefty’s Alley, Delmarva Shorebirds, Fisher’s Popcorn, Shell We Bounce, Clayton Theatre and Jungle Jim’s Waterpark.
“Everyone had a great time. The kids loved all the surprises on the field and the special prizes. The Easter Bunny was a big hit and the weather was fantastic!” said Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Amy Simmons. “And Brian K. Hall did a great job as usual with giving directions and emceeing the event.”
Frankford Egg Scramble
The town of Frankford’s population quite possibly doubled or tripled as families flocked to the town’s community park for the event sponsored by Envision Frankford, a coalition that puts on various special community events throughout the year.
“We have said that before, that our attendance is higher than the actual population of Frankford,” said Envision Frankford spokesman Robbie Murray, president of the Frankford Volunteer Fire Company. “We work as a group coming up with ideas. If you look around I think everyone that participates with Envision Frankford has a role out here today. Each church, each organization within Envision Frankford, we asked them to provide 1,000 pieces of candy and 1,000 eggs. They took care of that.”
Crafts, food, activities and more accompanied age-based egg scrambles. Plastic eggs could be exchanged for candy and some eggs contained tickets for prizes provided by Envision Frankford members and the town of Frankford.
Egg Scramble offered a specific “scramble” for children with special needs.
“Dawn Beck organizes that for us and sort of leads that charge,” said Mr. Murray. “We were able to get flyers up to Howard T. Ennis School and send them home with every child, encouraging them to come out. So, they’ve got their own separate prize area that is specifically designed just for them.”
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