SPRINGFIELD, NJ - A cloudy day gave way to sunshine, with a chance of eggs as Springfield children came out to participate in the annual Easter egg hunt event at Chisholm Park.

This year, the event had a new twist, incorporating a kite flying competition along with the usual festivities. The entrants in the competition were judged in several categories. The winners are listed below:

  • Most Creative Kite: Luke Spriggs-Dragon Kite
  • Most Colorful Kite: Amelia Marx-Unicorn Kite
  • Highest Flyer: Gerald Shuriez-The Shark

Along with the new attractions, an old favorite came out of hibernation as the Easter egg hunt was back on. In order to make sure the playing field was fair, the children were divided into two groups. The first was toddlers all the way up to five years old, and the second group was six and above.

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Both groups went off without a hitch and the festival rolled on with music, bounce houses and more. For Springfield Recreation Director Adam Lieb, it was business as usual.

"The recreation department has been running the egg hunt for many many years," Lieb said. He also explained the reason for the kites, saying, "the last few years we tried to add some new elements to get people to stay a little bit longer with their kids."

Lieb also thanked those who help support, saying, "We couldn't have done this without the support of all the different township departments that help run special events." He also thanked Springfield Business Improvement District (BID) co-chair Mike Scalera for his work in bringing the event together.

Springfield resident Aubrie Cantagallo, 9, was one of the participants in the egg hunt. She said that she enjoyed the event.

"It was nice weather, and you got to collect eggs and get prizes," Cantagallo said. "I liked doing the Easter egg hunt."