KENILWORTH, NJ –Screams of joy and excitement filled DiMario park this morning as kids from age one to fourth grade participated in the town’s annual Easter egg hunt, sponsored by the Kenilworth Rec Department.  

At least 200 guests joined the festivities today, according to rec director Pat Boyle. The rec department stuffed about 6,000 eggs with candy and prizes for the kids to win, including two bicycles donated by the Kenilworth Police Department and Kenilworth Fire Department.

“It’s a great tradition in Kenilworth,” rec department employee Susan Dougherty said. “It’s all for fun, so we try not to make it super challenging.”

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In addition to the five egg hunts, separated by age, the event featured refreshments donated by the Kenilworth Dunkin’ Donuts, prizes, and photos with the Easter Bunny, who arrived on the fire truck that rang the bell at 10 a.m. to start the hunt.

“The businesses in town and the police and fire department are very generous,” Dougherty said. “Dunkin’ Donuts deserves a shout out for always giving us a great discount on refreshments.”

Many of the prizes, including board games and giant bags of candy, were donated to the rec department by Kenilworth families.

Volunteers from the rec department were on hand to help the younger kids, collect empty eggs and keep the kids from hunting before the bell rang. The kids were given three minutes to fill their bags, but, as the department volunteers warned, it was more than enough time.