NEW BRITAIN - About 600 to 700 Easter eggs filled Trinity-on-Mainâ€™s auditorium Saturday for their annual Easter egg hunt.
Attendees dined on pizza donated by Max Pizza, watched a movie, took photos with the Easter Bunny, had their faces painted, and hunted for eggs. Six of the eggs were golden, which won kids a stuffed bunny or a movie ticket.
When Kareem Skinner explained all the dayâ€™s happenings to his 5-year-old daughter Kennedy, her eyes grew wide and she dropped her pizza in shock. Then a big smile spread across her face.
â€śItâ€™s a nice turnout,â€ť added Skinner.
Joanne Marturano, who puts on the event with her husband Joe, said she hopes that people can make some â€śwonderful, old-time memories on a rainy dayâ€ť and â€śenjoy a good old fashion Easter egg hunt.â€ť
Their daughter Sara Marturano also helps out with the event. She sells concessions and helps set up.
â€śItâ€™s cool to just see the kidsâ€™ faces. Theyâ€™re so happy getting the eggs,â€ť Sara Marturano said.
Happy was an understatement. Kids with bunnies painted on their faces raced around swinging Easter baskets and smiled while posing with a pink Easter bunny.
â€śItâ€™s pretty neat for the price and itâ€™s indoors,â€ť said Randy Bais, who attended for the first time with his wife and his daughter Ary Bais. Tickets were only $5. â€śKids love this stuff.â€ť
Bais was right. When asked about how she liked her face paint, Ary replied, â€śGood! Awesome!â€ť
â€śI love it. Itâ€™s really big. Thereâ€™s a lot of different activities,â€ť said Belkis Sostre, who came with her 3-year-old daughter, her daughterâ€™s best friend, and her mother. â€śThe girls are really excited.â€ť
Stesha Lux said she and her two sons took photos with the Easter Bunny and were looking forward to the egg hunt.
â€śYouâ€™ve got your buckets and youâ€™re ready to go,â€ť she said to them as they munched on pizza.
â€śI think itâ€™s fun to find the eggs. Sometimes they can be really hidden,â€ť said Dominic, 9.
â€śI like to find the eggs!â€ť Cameron, 2, agreed.
Cameron and Dominic werenâ€™t the only ones who liked finding eggs.
The best part of egg hunts is â€śprobably whatâ€™s inside of them - and trying to find them,â€ť said Kelly Mount, 11. It was her fourth year coming to the egg hunt.
â€śSheâ€™s looking for one of the golden ones,â€ť added her father Ryan Mount.
â€śItâ€™s something to do. Itâ€™s a family-friendly event here in New Britain,â€ť said Mount. â€śThatâ€™s why we keep coming.â€ť
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