Rain Doesn't Wash Away Eggcitement in Somers

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Youngsters cozy up Saturday next to "Cottontail the Bunny" at Somers Annual Egg Hunt at Reis Park.
Youngsters cozy up Saturday next to "Cottontail the Bunny" at Somers Annual Egg Hunt at Reis Park. Photo Credit: Rick Pezzullo
Caitlyn Stellwagen was all dressed up for the occasion.
Caitlyn Stellwagen was all dressed up for the occasion. Photo Credit: Rick Pezzullo
Marci Goldin, Kaitlin Mantis and Gary Mantis get ready to meet Cottaintail the Bunny.
Marci Goldin, Kaitlin Mantis and Gary Mantis get ready to meet Cottaintail the Bunny. Photo Credit: Rick Pezzullo

SOMERS, N.Y. - Wet weather may have washed away the outdoor mad scramble for eggs Saturday, but it couldn't dampen the spirits of families who turned out at Reis Park for some Easter fun.

"I'm just happy they're having it," said Lauren Stellwagen, who brought her daughter, Caitlyn, 6, who was decked out with bunny ears and an Easter dress. "As a mom, I'm happy that it's inside."

Sponsored by the Somers Lions Club, Somers Senior Citizens Club and the Somers Department of Parks and Recreation, the annual Egg Hunt usually attracts between 300-500 children but the rain kept those numbers down and forced everyone inside for a photo op with "Cottontail the Bunny" and a bag of candy.

Susan Ball said her son, Ryan, 3, woke up at 5 a.m. with anticipation of getting a chance to meet the Easter Bunny for the first time.

"Rain can't stop the Easter Bunny," Ball said. "We're so appreciative that they do this. It's a nice treat."

Marci Goldin, who has been coming to the event for the last four years with daughter Kaitlin Mantis, 6, echoed those sentiments.

"We're just happy they have it. We wore rain gear," she said. "It's for the kids. The Somers Lions Club does a great job."

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