MONTVILLE, NJ - The Easter Bunny rode into Montville Township Community Park on a fire truck on Sunday, April 9, while hundreds of Montville Township children and parents came to greet him.

The Annual Egg Hunt was sponsored by the Montville Recreation Department, with assistance from the Montville Fire Department, the Police Explorers, Responsible, Educated, Adolescents Can Help (R.E.A.C.H.) high school students and St. Pius X Confirmation candidates. Kelley Kehoe, recreation supervisor, oversaw the event.

While 7,000 eggs were being gathered by children, there were four events taking place around the park. Parents were able to take photos of their children with the bunny, while others visited the petting zoo provided by Neshanic N.J.’s  www.poniesandpettingzoo.com, face painting by Juggles and Glitter from www.JugglesAndGlitter.com, and balloon sculptures by Patti Mayer from www.TweedlesTheClown.com

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The Egg Hunt was divided into six different age groups. Eggs were distributed on the turf field by R.E.A.C.H. and St. Pius X’s students. When given the call, children rushed up to gather the eggs. Once the children collected the eggs, they went off the field to open them. They checked for a piece of paper saying if they won a special prize. If they did, they took their winning eggs to the staff table to claim their prize.

All children received a lollipop, toothbrush, toothpaste and coloring book.

Neda Pourki Deak said, “This is fantastic for kids this age. It is wonderful to get the community together so that kids can get a chance to play with each other and get to know each other better.” Cameron, Deak’s son, especially liked feeding the animals at the petting zoo.

Sharon Stanisci, mother of Juliet and Amelia, said that it was such a beautiful day for the event. Her daughters enjoyed getting their faces painted as bunnies from Glitter the Clown.