MONTVILLE, NJ - Last Sunday, April 14, was a fun day to be a kid in Montville Township. For on that day, the annual Easter egg hunt was held at the turf fields of Montville Community Park.
Despite the threat of heavy wind with gray clouds on the horizon, over 600 kids and parents came, armed with their egg baskets, and gathered around the fields’ sidelines.
“This egg hunt is great for the kids,” said event volunteer Rich Kostka. “I just like how the community comes out to join the festivities.”
Kostka has helped to set up tables and spread around eggs for this event over the last 12 years. The egg hunt itself has been a long-standing tradition in the township for about 50 years. Every year, it is organized and sponsored by the Montville Parks & Recreation Department, with assistance from the Montville Fire Department, the Police Explorers, R.E.A.C.H. Students and St. Pius Confirmation Students.
“This year’s egg hunt was well-attended and the kids had a lot of fun with the activities around the turf fields,” said recreation director Lori Dent. “This was our intention all along. Hats off to our recreation supervisor Kelley Kehoe and assistant Nicole Engle for a fantastic job putting this egg hunt together.”
During the afternoon, there were a total of six egg hunts for the ages of newborns to third graders and older. Each egg contained a small prize, from candy to toys, and raffle prizes. While the egg hunts were being conducted, families enjoyed balloon art, face painting and a petting zoo.
And most definitely, the Easter Bunny came to meet and greet spectators and take pictures. Special transportation was given to the holiday folk hero by the Montville Fire Department. Montville residents, such as Anne Olohan, felt happy to be surrounded by such Easter cheer.
“It’s a great family event,” said Olohan. “We’ve been attending it for the past 13 years. It brings everyone in town together. It’s also nice to see friends here. Winter is over and spring is here.”
Olohan’s five-year-old daughter Tess was one of many happily screaming kids who couldn’t get enough of the egg hunt and all of its activities.
“I love eggs and the toys that come with them,” said Tess. “I also enjoy being with friends.”
Dent reminded residents that on April 27 at 1:00 p.m. the recreation department will hold a grand opening ceremony for the newly-renovated Montville Community Park Playground, located on 130 Changebridge Road. To learn more about the Montville Parks & Recreation and their events, visit the municipal website at https://www.montvillenj.org/184/Parks-Recreation.
Donations to the egg hunt also came from Montville PBA Local 140 and Michelle Fund.
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