LONG BRANCH: There must have been 200 children at Centennial Square in Pier Village on Saturday, April 15. Add the parents and grandparents and other family, it was a Big event day, just right for an Easter Egg hunt in the sand on the beach. The Chamber of Commerce was there as were the Bunny and friends playing with the families and posing for photos.
The weather held out nicely, not too warm, and just right for romping on the inflated rides that filled the park area where the ice rink had been during winter months. Some visitors even enjoyed the Atlantic waves as they waited for the hunt to begin.
The Long Branch PD was there to help with traffic and assure safety. Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling added his happy holiday cheer as youngsters, age 3 streamed onto the fenced off area where hundreds of eggs were to be found. Some eggs were filled with prizes, gift cards and other fun finds.
The egg hunt was run in stages for the different age groups, some to allow parents to help their younger kiddies. The older ones were on their own and all had a great time.