Clinton egg hunt a success

Madeline Zontine

Hundreds of children and their family and friends searched high and low at Dan Porter Park during the Nancy Brown Memorial Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 19.

About 6,000 eggs were scattered around the park in plain sight, tucked in bushes, or high above in branches — for the older kids.

The event was sponsored by the Clinton Chamber of Commerce and included many local businesses donating prizes.

Carrie Allen, one of the organizers in the event, hoped to continue on the tradition her grandmother once ran. This was her second year organizing the event.

Allen and several family members coordinated the egg hunt, bringing together local businesses to “carry on what she did so well,” Allen said of her grandmother.

“There were more people this year,” she said. “We had a good response and good turnout.”

About 20 volunteers from seniors to children helped put the event together.

A few hundred people attended the event, with estimates around 300 to 400. Families munched on chips and hot dogs while kids scoured the grounds for candy.

Prizes ranged from chocolates inside the eggs to vegetable starts for kids to grow themselves.

Twins Alison and Todd Nikula, 11, joined with a few friends to find the most eggs and search for the coveted golden egg.

Todd got lucky at the beginning of the hunt after tripping and finding a heap of eggs nearby. It might have been karma from a previous year when he encountered some bad terrain.

“My most unluckiest time was when I tripped in the mud and dropped my eggs everywhere,” he explained.

Alison and Todd have been attending the egg hunt since they were 5.

But it was young Nashton Ryan Allen, 3, who found the golden egg hidden high in branches.

Nashton, son of Carrie and Jason Allen of Clinton, said he was happy when he found it and shook the tree for the egg to fall.

Carrie Allen said one of the ways to help the event for next year is attend the Glow Ball Golf Tournament at a date to be determined this summer. Proceeds of the event benefit the annual Easter egg hunt.