Huge Crowd Enjoys Lions Club Easter Egg Hunt

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Mar 242018

The Orange Lions Club hosted its 56th annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Orange Fairgrounds on Saturday, March 24. 

Orange Police Officer Carolyn Bailey escorted the Easter Bunny to the fairgrounds before the start of the Easter Egg Hunt.  As the Lions “seeded” the hunt area with candy, children visited the Bunny in the gazebo or had his or her face painted near the pavilion. 

The annual hunt was divided into four (4) age groups, which allowed each child to have an equal opportunity to collect the thousands of chocolate eggs which the Lions Club had to distribute.  

The groups were: (1) Pre School through Kindergarten; (2) First Grade & Second Grade; (3) Third Grade & Fourth Grade; (4) Fifth Grade & Sixth Grade.  Thousands of chocolate eggs were distributed during the hunt.  Prizes were awarded to children in all age categories for finding specially marked eggs.

There was one “natural disaster”: a sweet girl in one of the older groups was very successfully filling her wooden basket when it suddenly began to fall apart. With her treats spilling on the ground from the ever-growing gaps, she gave the Lions a look of desperation and they quickly handed her a large plastic bag so she could continue. She thanked them and went on her way.


This year, most parents respected the request to let the children pick up their own candy, but when the last group stormed out, one woman in a gray hoodie went out and started stuffing her pockets with candy. Two Lions members asked her to leave the field and she scowled at them and kept filling her pockets — stealing candy from children.

What a poor example she set for the kids. Yes, I DID get a photo of her, but I decided not to “out” her that way, she knows who she is. That kind of behavior is so unnecessary and terribly rude. Just don’t do it, or you will ruin it for everyone.

54th Annual Lions Easter Egg Hunt Went Off Without a Hitch

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Mar 202016

IMG_1354Thousands of foil wrapped chocolates, hundreds of kids, free popcorn and coffee, the Easter bunny, Officer Amarone, several coveted prize eggs and a little chill in the air: that wraps up the 2016 Orange Lions Club Easter Egg Hunt that took place on Saturday on the Orange Fairgrounds.

Lion Nick Bencivengo once again served as chairman for the event, rounding up many of his fellow lions to “seed” the field with candy, make and serve popcorn, hand out Pez Dispensers after each child’s visit with the Easter Bunny, and to hand out prizes to the lucky children who found special eggs during the hunt.

Bencivengo said he watched the weather carefully during the

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past week. He was pleased when early forecasts called for temps in the 50s, but worried a little as reports fluctuated between the 40 and 46. If it was raining or simply too cold, it was up to him to postpone the event if necessary.

“It’s a little cold, but the grass is dry and we’re ready to go,” he said.

This was the 54th consecutive year for the popular event. Everyone seemed to have a wonderful time and we all look forward to it again next year.

Photos: ‘Twas A Great Day For An Easter Egg Hunt

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Apr 042015

IMG_8106As any Orange resident knows, the Orange Lions club has been hosting the annual Easter Egg Hunt for local children for several decades.

Although the early morning (5:30 a.m.) saw some rain showers, Event Chairman Nick Bencivengo and a couple of other Lions walked the fairgrounds a few hours later and decided to have the hunt outdoors instead of in the High Plains Gym because the ground was dry enough to give the kids ample traction when they ran out to search for chocolate treats.

Folks started arriving well before the first egg was tossed on the grass and waited in line to meet the Easter Bunny.

Employees from Home Depot offered a craft table and there also was free face painting.

Parents of the littlest participants showed wonderful restraint as they guided their little ones around the search area, but didn’t help pick any up. Great Job Parents!

The Lions served up coffee and popcorn under the pavilion and children who were lucky enough to find an egg with a star on it were able to cash them in for a prize.

One little girl named Angelina approached me after she was done with her hunt and offered me a couple of chocolate eggs.
“I have plenty,” she told me.

This is just one of the ways the Orange Lions serve the community. The event is free and everyone goes home happy.



Lions Easter Egg Hunt: Fun For Kids Of All Ages

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Apr 162014

IMG_7683On Saturday, April 12, the Orange Lions Club hosted its 52nd Annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Orange Fairgrounds.

The day was absolutely perfect, warm, sunny and pleasant.

Julia’s Bakery donated goodies for the adults to enjoy with their coffee, the popcorn was popping, and PEZ donated hundreds of their famous candy dispensers for the children who visited with the Easter Bunny under the Gazebo.

The Bunny arrived with Officer Mike Kosh from the Orange Police Department.

There were four different easter egg hunts for specific age groups. The little ones went first gingerly picking up one egg at a time and  happily walking away with 10 or 15 chocolate treats. If he or she had a foil star on on of the eggs they were entitled to a special prize.

the older children rushed in, grabbing 2-3 eggs at a time, and so on. 1,500 eggs disappeared in a matter of seconds.

There were only about 10-15 kids in the oldest age group, so the Lions invited any of the younger children who were still around in to join them. This is where the magic happened, the older kids shared with the little ones and even approached the Lions after all the seeded candy was gone and thanked them for having the event.

This is by far one of the nicest events in the town of Orange.

Chip’s Welcomes The Easter Bunny Saturday Morning

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Mar 292013

The Easter Bunny and a little friend during an early visit to Orange last weekend.

The Easter Bunny and a little friend during an early visit to Orange last weekend.

The Easter Bunny will be visiting Chip’s Family Restaurant, 321 Boston Post Road, today at 10 a.m.

Come with the whole family and don’t forget your camera.

Mar 222013

easter egg huntMark your calendars, the Orange Lions Club will host its 51st annual Easter Egg Hunt at High Plains Fairgrounds, Saturday, March 23, with activities beginning at 12:30 p.m. when the Easter Bunny arrives. Hunt begins at 1 p.m.

As always, local children in four age groups are welcomed to attend, meet the Easter Bunny, have his or her face painted and then show their skill at finding foil wrapped chocolate eggs in the grass.

Age groups are as follows:

Pre-school – Kindergarten

1st and 2nd Grade

3rd and 4th Grade

5th and 6th Grade

Children who possess a specially marked egg after the hunt for his or her age group is entitled to pick a prize under the pavilion.

The Lions ask that guests use the parking lot only and that no one parks on the grass.

A rain date of March 30 has been set, same place, same time.

Originally Published on: Mar 1, 2013 @ 12:06 a.m.