Families scrambled from one end of Fairfield to another Saturday, as Easter egg bounty was on the line under brilliant spring skies.
The first eggs-citement unfolded in the morning at the Pequot Library in Southport, which hosted its annual Egg Roll on its Great Lawn, The event was "inspired by the tradition Egg Roll at the White House which I admire as a girl but was unable to attend," said Susan Ei, the children's librarian.
In addition to the roll, activities included egg dyeing, coloring and crafts, a visit with Belle, the library's resident bunny, and a "Bunny Hop" line dance. But there was no candy, noted Ei.
"We're glad for the sun and warmth today, which brings out the community and helps usher in spring," the librarian said, even though the event was poised to go forward, rain or shine.
Ei was thankful for assistance for teen volunteers, who help set up and run the event. "I couldn't do this without their help," she said.
By afternoon, the fun shifted to the north side of town at the Connecticut Audubon Center, where the annual egg hunt also featured a visit by the Easter Bunny, a chance to meet live animals, including Kanina the bunny, crafts and snacks.
"We've been doing this at least 10 years," said Tricia Kevalis, a teacher/naturalist at the Audubon Center. "It's a family event that raises funds for our education and animal care programs. It's also a way to attract the community to our site and share our many features. We do this rain or shine and have done it in rain, snow and other conditions."
But the bright sun was welcome. "We're glad to have the sun today and crowds will be triple in size," said Kevalis.
Indeed, the egg hunt reached maximum attendance and youngsters were limited in the number of plastic eggs they could claim from their hiding places. That, however, did nothing to dampen enthusiasm of the eager egg hunters.