‘Egg-citement’ abounds in Sussex with egg hunts, activities

SUSSEX COUNTY – Egg-citement of the hunt existed on several fronts in Sussex County Saturday, and new was an operative word.

Several hundred youngsters participated in activities and hunts for candy and prizes at town of Dagsboro’s inaugural Easter egg hunt.

A few miles north, Mulligan’s Pointe – formerly Sussex Pines Country Club – was the new staging venue for the Greater Georgetown Chamber of Commerce 17th annual event. In recent years Georgetown’s event had been staged at the Georgetown Historical Society’s Nutter Marvel Carriage Museum grounds.

“What a great turnout,” said Greater Georgetown Chamber of Commerce President Donna Koskey. “We’re so glad to be here with the Mulligan’s Pointe. And we want to thank the historical society for the past hunts when we have had it out there.”

Besides the mad dash for eggs filled with candy and prizes, Georgetown’s event featured an encore performance by the Delaware Master Gardeners with skits from Farmer McGregor’s Farm, games, moon bounce, face-painting offered by artists from the Georgetown Boys & Girls Club and putting games and information from Mulligan’s Pointe pro on the game of golf.

Children in three age divisions loaded their baskets with eggs. Some eggs contained special prizes. Eight-year-old Marissa Mills’ basket bounty included not one but two tickets for kid’s meals at Texas Roadhouse.

Ms. Koskey acknowledged the support and volunteerism. Scouts from Boy Scout Troop 95 in Georgetown, recent youth pageant winners and students from Sussex Academy were among those lending helping hands.

“We were very pleased and thankful for their help,” said Ms. Koskey. “I just can’t thank all of the volunteers enough.”

“We are all about the community and doing things for the community,” said Anthony DelFranco, the chamber’s treasurer who served as master of ceremonies.

State Sen. Brian Pettyjohn, State Rep. Ruth Briggs and Redner’s were acknowledged for their support.

Winners in the coloring contest, sponsored by the Sussex Post, were announced: Zakiya Sample, Bryn Sweeten, Grace Sweeten, Kennedy Miller, Kari Kruger, Brooklyn Miller, Katie Nauman, Jocelyn Castelli, Trent Levy, MacKenzie Monroe and Jah’Zell Flowers.

Dagsboro Easter Egg Hunt

Dagsboro’s event, held in partnership with First Choice Services, was staged at Dagsboro Volunteer Fire Department’s former main station on Waples Street.

At the station, kids got to sit in the driver’s seat of a fire engine as well as get an up-close look at the inside of an ambulance.

Event sponsors included Porto Pizza & Grill, Dagsboro Paint & Wallpaper, Jayne’s Reliable, Mountaire Farms, Heather’s Home Works, Bank of Delmarva and Billy Reese/State Farm Insurance in Selbyville.

Dagsboro Mayor Brian Baull acknowledged the sponsors, the support from First Choice Services, the town of Dagsboro staff and Dagsboro Volunteer Fire Department, Clayton Theatre’s donation of kids’ movie tickets and volunteers.

The LEO Club at Indian River High School donated their time to fill the eggs for four age-division hunts.

A Saturday posting on the town of Dagsboro’s Facebook page summed up the festivities.

“What a great day for an Easter Egg Hunt! Thank you to all the kids and parents who came out to our very first event … Hope everybody had a great time, and we look forward to doing it again next year.”

Egg hunts were also held Saturday in Selbyville and Blades.

News Editor Glenn Rolfe can be reached at grolfe@newszap.com

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