Children scramble for candy, eggs in Boonsboro

April 08, 2012|By JULIE E. GREENE |
  • Anna Kate Davis, 7, of Boonsboro, collects candy at a candy scramble held at Boonsboro's Shafer Park.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

BOONSBORO, Md. — Two-year-old Fenris Bennett seemed just as happy ripping up grass at Shafer Park as he did later chomping down on a Tootsie Roll from his pink basket of candy.

Nichola Maynard filled about a quarter of her white plastic grocery bag with candy, but no plastic eggs.

“I’m good at finding candy, but I’m not very good at finding the eggs. I’ve only found an egg once,” said Nichola, 9, of Boonsboro.

Nichola, who was wearing white furry rabbit ears at Boonsboro’s Shafer Park, didn’t find any plastic eggs Sunday either.

Fenris and Nichola were two of about 100 children at the Boonsboro American Legion’s annual Easter egg hunt, which was more of a candy scramble. About 200 people attended the afternoon event in the park.

Olivia Wilson, 8, of Clear Spring, had better luck with the plastic eggs, finding two.

After finding the first one, Olivia continued straight, theorizing that the person who hid the eggs might have walked a straight line, she explained. She quickly found her second egg nestled in some mulch around a tree.

Children who found a plastic egg received a Toys R Us gift certificate, said Boonsboro Mayor Charles “Skip” Kauffman Jr., who served as master of ceremonies for the event. The town, the Boonsboro Red Men, the Sons of the American Legion and the legion’s women’s auxiliary made donations to help with the event, town and legion officials said.

Candy was thrown around several large grassy areas of the park and a few plastic eggs were hidden. There were separate grassy areas for different age groups to find candy, which didn’t take much effort.

Candy was tossed out for preschoolers to kindergartners, with adults helping those children scoop up the goodies.

“Yeah, I helped her,” Samantha Sawyer said of her 2 1/2-year-old daughter, Isabella.

But Sawyer said her daughter, who was attending her first egg hunt/candy scramble, figured out what to do before the event even started.

So did Fenris, who didn’t need any help picking up candy, said his mom, Nicole Bennett, of the Funkstown area.

“They had to hold him back so he wouldn’t take everybody else’s candy,” she said.

Boonsboro resident Sharon Stiles, “Nini” to her grandchildren, called Bennett’s family to see if the kids wanted to go to the event, but the family already knew about it.

Fenris’ little sister, Aurora, who turned 1 Sunday, arrived at the candy scramble late, but was perfectly happy to pick up the leftover wrapped candy still on the grass, her family said.

Olivia Wilson went to the event with her stepmom, Nickie Vazquez; her sister, Brooke; and her half-sister, Skylar.

Skylar, 5, won a stuffed purple bunny when her raffle ticket number was called.

Brooke, 11, didn’t have as much luck as Olivia at finding eggs.

“I was looking at this one pink egg and everyone beat me to it,” Brooke said.

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