SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The annual South Plainfield Easter Egg Hunt was held on a wonderful spring afternoon, Saturday, April 15, at the PAL Memorial Field on Cady Lane.
Countless families with children aged from newborns to ten years old scattered the field to participate in the Egg Hunt contests, pose for pictures with the Easter Bunny, meet South Plainfield Police Officers and even get inside their vehicles. There was a grand prize basket winner from each age group.
The yearly event was put on by the South Plainfield Recreation Department and the SPPD, and has been a mainstay in town for over 30 years
“South Plainfield always does a great job with the egg hunt every year,” said Jaclyn, 25, a mother of two (son Caiden, 2 ½ and daughter Charlotte, 11 months). “My son had so much fun finding eggs and winning prizes. It lets him interact with other children while having fun. Having the police cars there was also a really cool experience, too!” she said.
All children competing in the egg hunt went home with a small stuffed animal. “Last year, [Caiden] got this stuffed chick and he calls it ‘Chickie’ and still sleeps with it,” Jaclyn, an South Plainfield resident, said.
Veteran Easter Egg Hunters and newbies alike were seen making their way over to take home candy and other assorted trinkets inside the eggs. Magdalena Dabrowski brought her husband Kamil and two children, daughter Aurelia (nine months) and son Kameron (three years) back for the second straight year along with their grandmother, Kasia Zaremba.
Magdalena, while waiting to snap a few pictures with the bunny, said that she was relieved her kids ended up with more chotchkies than candy this year so she wouldn’t have to argue with them about how much chocolate they can have!
Councilwoman Christine Faustini said over 10,000 eggs were donated this year, and over 1,000 stuffed animals were given away (compared to about 600 on average in previous years), making this year’s attendance the highest in event history.
“This event is intended to give South Plainfield families a chance to start a tradition, make some memories and celebrate the holiday weekend or the start of spring,” Faustini told TAPinto. “I have fond memories and pictures of each one of my kids with the South Plainfield Easter Bunny. I am grateful to all the volunteers and staff that make this time honored tradition possible year after year,” she said.
Faustini singled out recreation staff members Nancy McMahon, Pete Rachwal, and Director Kevin Hughes for their hard work to “get everything ready and coordinate all the hunting and prize distribution during the event.” She said the staff was also assisted by volunteer students and recreation commission members.
Finally, Faustini thanked the police officers for donating “juice, use of their cars, their hours of service and a very adorable photo spot for youngsters to have their photo taken as an officer.”
Faustini gave a special shout out to officers Brian Zielinski, Mike Sikanowicz, Lauren Perry, Thomas Rutter and Joe Glowacki for making the day’s activities so special.