Egg hunt a big draw for local families

GLOVERSVILLE – Five-year-old Mariah Schrader gave away some of her candy-filled Easter eggs when she saw other children were empty-handed during the Gloversville Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday at Myers Park.

“I am very proud of her,” said her grandmother, Kim Schrader.

In its second year, the Easter Egg hunt brought together families from Gloversville and beyond and included appearances from celebrities including the Easter Bunny and Miss Fulton County Katelynn Smith.

“I remember for many years, my family would take off and go on easter egg hunts outside of Gloversville,” said event organizer Chanda King. She and her husband, Mayor Dayton King, wanted children to be able to enjoy an Easter egg event right in the city, so she planned one last year.

This year’s event drew a bigger crowd, and though the ground was wet Saturday from the late-winter snowfall, the sunshine and mild temperatures made for a pleasant outing.

“It just keeps getting bigger and bigger each year,” King said. “I believe Easter has a lot to do with God, children, and spending time with family. We all have busy lives, but family time is important. I want to have people make memories here.”

Mayor King said a lot of people came together to volunteer their time and others privately donated to support the event.

Among those who volunteered time were the bands Love City Fellowship and Cardia and people who painted children’s faces for the festive occasion.

“A lot of people in the community made this happen and came together for the kids,” Mayor King said. ” I am very proud of them.”

King said he hopes to keep the Easter egg hunt in Myers Park next year and in the future hold additional, smaller egg hunts in all the city’s parks, including Melchior Park.

Karen Blackwood said her whole family was eager to see the Easter Bunny.

“I like the Easter Bunny. He brings candy,” said Blackwood’s son, Salvatore Ambrosino.

Blackwood said the whole community came together to celebrate Easter at the park.

“We have seen a lot of our neighbors and have been bumping in to them all day. This is great fun, taking a day out of our lives and having fun together as a family,” she said.

Austin Oare, 11, said he was in it for the egg hunting.

“I like Easter egg hunts. It’s like a game with all the eggs hidden and hard to find,” he said.

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