ELIZABETH, NJ – Hundreds of excited children ages 12 and under, swarmed over the field by St. Georges Avenue in Warinanco Park chasing after Easter eggs in the first annual Eggstravaganza, hosted by Moving New Jersey Forward.

“It was crazy,” said 10-year CJ Huntley, who came with his six-year-old sister, Morgan.

With the help of scores of volunteers and the support of Prevention Links, Free Masons, and Bayway/Roselle Family Success Centers, 3000 eggs were placed on the field for children to pick up. Each child also received a raffle ticket to win a bicyle or a gift basket. Union County Freeholder Sergio Granados was the master of ceremony.

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Six-year-old Faith Jeffries waited patiently with Heather Hodges and Henry Jackson for the hunt to begin. “She wants to get those eggs!” said Hodges.

Four-year-old Avery Alston was equally eager, but she was afraid of the Easter Bunny, aka Councilman Carlos Torres. She clung to her father’s hand.

For 11-year-old Olivia Paquaye of Elizabeth, her reason for being there was simple. “I like candy,” she said.