NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - This year, hundreds of children hit the trails of Oakwood Park on Saturday at the New Providence Lions 47th Annual Easter Egg Hunt which also featured visits with the Easter Bunny, a clown and a tour of the New Providence fire engine.

To keep things fair, the bunny "trails are always mapped for different age groups," said Tom Matrone, event organizer.  Each trail had a hidden silver and gold egg and the winners received a special prize of a large chocolate bunny.

The children lined up with their parents eager for the start of the hunt  -- and as soon as they heard "ready, set, go" --  the children were off. Within minutes, the eggs were gone! 

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Lions Club members helped to cook and dye over 90 dozen real eggs for the youngsters to scoop up. "There's a method that you can boil and color them at the same time. We cook for as many hours it takes to cook," said Montrone. 

Events like the Easter Egg Hunt bring people together and this is what makes New Providence a great community, said Mayor Al Morgan, also a Lions member. 

The New Providence Lions Club keeps growing and growing, said Morgan, which has approximately 75 members. The Lions Club is a group of people that come together to provide assistance for many needs that are often overlooked or an adequate funding source is not available. They offer four annual scholarships to New Providence High School seniors, they also donate to the New Providence Fire Department and Rescue Squad, Bonds of Courage and Summit Speech School, said Morgan. 

The Lions Club raises funds through their annual 50/50 raffle, spring Golf Outing, and Pancake Breakfast. In addition to the egg hunt, the Lions Club also participates in the CSA Spaghetti Dinner, International Night, and the Memorial Day Parade.

To learn more about the New Providence Lions Club visit their website http://www.nplions.org/.