Annual egg hunt at Anson B. Nixon Park sees record numbers

(Photo by Wm. Shawn Weigel) Floyd Bishop-Parker and his two-year-old daughter Ciara display one of the eggs she found at Anson B. Nixon Park at the annual egg hunt last Saturday.

Here's a quick recipe for chaos: take thousands of Easter eggs and hide them throughout sections of Anson B. Nixon Park. Add nearly a thousand eager kids and their parents, and stir liberally.

That's pretty much how it went last Saturday at the annual Anson B. Nixon egg hunt, sponsored by the Kennett Area Park Authority.

By 10 a.m. on Saturday morning, kids were lined up in droves at the starting lines of four different sections.

And by 10:30, it was all over except for the mass exodus of cars and people.

Janice Taylor of the Kennett Area Park Authority said that she believed this was the biggest turnout in the history of the hunt, although she did not have an accurate head count as of Saturday.

"Last year was very cold, so I think that kept a lot of people away," she said. "But this is huge."

Former Kennett Square mayors Leon Spencer and Charlie Cramer presided over the event, filling in for current mayor Matt Fettick who was out of town on business.

Prizes were give to kids who located special foil wrapped eggs and students from the Kennett High School Earth Club handed out candy-filled eggs to kids who ended up not finding eggs on their own.

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