SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Under sunny skies and cool temperatures, the township of Scotch Plains hosted its annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 8, at the Alan Augustine Village Green (430 Park Ave.).

Hundreds of kids age 10 and under participated in the event. More than 300 eggs were distributed for each age group. However, many parents complained that their youngsters were shut out of the egg collecting process, resulting in tears instead of smiles. The popularity of the event has spread beyond Scotch Plains as residents from neighboring towns also attended -- a possible reason for the egg shortage.

My 5 yr old didn't get any eggs and came out crying. A father volunteered to give his sons eggs to him. We also saw another boy crying with zero eggs, one parent wrote on Facebook's Scotch Plains/Fanwood Community Group page, which had a string of over 60 comments about the event.

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Although a number of parents expressed their frustrations, others commended the volunteers who spend hours putting the event together.

It was fun, my kids only got 2-3 eggs but that was fine with me, it was just for the fun of it and too see some friends and get out a bit.  If some parents try to get a lot of eggs for those kids so what, like I said to my kids, we will do one at home on Easter as well. They were happy with it. They (the volunteers) also had eggs for children who didn't get any to pass out which was nice as well, another parent posted.

The morning's activities also included face-painting, balloon art, washable tattoos, and photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny, who once again proved to be a popular attraction.

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