Everyone's a kid at Easter egg hunt

April 12, 1998|By BRENDAN KIRBY

Candy hunt

by Kevin G. Gilbert / staff photographer

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BOONSBORO - As they watched children forage for the rest of the candy in Shafer Memorial Park on Sunday, the sponsors of the annual Easter egg hunt reminisced about their own egg-hunting days.

"He knocked me over and took my basket and everything," said Tim Rand, pointing to Harold Miller, who was 7 at the time.

Now 56, Miller is the treasurer of the Boonsboro American Legion, which has put on the event since 1992.

About a dozen volunteers hid the eggs and candy and set up for the hunt, Miller said.

"It's just something for the kids," said Maynard Gigeous, commander of the post.

The Easter egg hunt has taken several forms over the years, but it is a tradition with deep roots.

The American Legion took over sponsorship from the Antietam Jaycees, which had revived it in the late 1970s after a 15-year hiatus.


Years ago, residents recalled, the Boy Scouts used to place eggs along the field. The scouts would line up in a column and then march, kneeling after each step. Some of the scouts would leave an egg and others would not.

Rand also recalled that the event used to have a much more formal atmosphere.

"Everybody who came to the egg hunt came in suits, because they came right from church," he said.

About 200 children jammed into the park on Sunday, a hefty increase over last year.

Keedysville resident Kendra Pifer, 9, said she knew from past years where she would find candy.

"Over by the swings and behind the trees," she said. "I stay in one place for a long time."

Kendra said she did not get any eggs, but she did come away with a bag full of candy. By the end of the hunt, her favorite candy - chocolate - had begun to melt under the warm sun.

Jessica Kelley, 4, had her own method for uncovering the Easter loot.

"She followed the man with the box," said Jessica's mother, Norma Wundram.

Wundram, who was born in Washington, D.C., and grew up all over the country, said the hunt was special for her.

"I love it out here," she said. "You get to meet a lot of people. The kids get to see a lot of their friends from school."

Williamsport residents Keith Keeler and Stephanie Mann said they take their family to the Boonsboro hunt every year. They said they have gone to other hunts this year, but prefer Boonsboro.

Even though they arrived late, Mann said her daughter still got plenty of goods.

"There's still all kinds of candy out there," Keeler said.

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