The Orange Lions Club is hosting its 56th annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road, Orange, on Saturday, March 24 at 1 p.m. In case of inclement weather, a “rain or snow date” has been set for Saturday, March 31 at High Plains Community Center, with the same schedule of events as proposed for March 24th.
The Easter Bunny will arrive at 12:30 p.m., one half-hour before the start of the Easter Egg Hunt itself. There will be face painting for the children, and hot coffee for the adults.
The Easter Egg Hunt is divided into four (4) age groups. This allows each child to have an equal opportunity to collect the thousands of chocolate eggs which the Lions Club will have to distribute. The four age groups are: (1) Pre School through Kindergarten; (2) First Grade & Second Grade; (3) Third Grade & Fourth Grade; (4) Fifth Grade & Sixth Grade. Thousands of chocolate eggs will be distributed during the hunt. Prizes will be awarded to children in all age categories for finding specially marked eggs.
An adult should accompany all participating children. Each child should have a bag or basket to collect their eggs. Parents may wish to bring a camera for a picture of their child with the Easter Bunny. Please note that parking for this event should be on paved parking areas only. Nick Bencivengo is the Chairman of this year’s event. Anyone who wishes to donate to this event is asked to contact Nick at 203-901-9062. All donors will be acknowledged for their generosity at the Easter Egg Hunt.
The annual Easter Egg Hunt is but one of many community events and activities sponsored by the Orange Lions Club each year. Among the other annual events are: The Community Thanksgiving Dinner, the Senior Pizza Party, a Comedy Night fundraiser, eye screenings for preschoolers, an annual Wine Tasting fundraiser, and giveaways for children at the Memorial Day parade. In addition, the Orange Lions make contributions to many community organizations; and for many years, the Lions have run a Community Grants Program for local groups who are seeking funds for a special reason. The Orange Lions Club has made many gifts to the Case Memorial Library over the years for the purchase of large print books and audio tapes for the sight impaired and the public and offer $1,000 scholarships for students graduating from Amity High School.