Spring Egg Hunt fills Fredonia’s Steele Hall with glee

A hopping good time

Miss Chloe gets her face painted after the egg hunt.

All of Steele Hall was pure excitement and glee at the 9th Annual Spring Egg Hunt at SUNY Fredonia on Sunday. Initially planned to be held on President Virginia Horvath’s lawn, the hunt was moved indoors because of the weather forecast.

Though it was raining outside, the whole room felt sunny with the brightly colored eggs, Easter grass and eager faces throughout. The event began at 1 p.m. with crafts and a face-painting booth, as well as an appearance by the one and only Easter Bunny.

The highlight of the day, the egg hunt, began at 2 p.m. sharp, with two separate hunting grounds for the age groups of two to five and six to ten, searching for special eggs containing prizes. Many local children could be seen running into the field of eggs with tiger and rabbit whiskers across their smiling faces, grabbing at the rainbow of eggs beneath their feet.

The event is organized by SUNY Fredonia fraternity Kappa Sigma, led by their Community Service Chair Cameron Flynn. The OBSERVER interviewed Flynn at the event, following his and President Horvath’s countdown to the Egg Hunt.

“This is my first year being in charge of the event,” Flynn commented. “Last year I was part of the team, so it’s been a good transition. It really is a combined effort between the fraternity and the college.”

A child high-fives the Easter Bunny at the 9th Annual Spring Egg Hunt in Steele Hall at SUNY Fredonia.

While her daughter Chloe got her face painted, one local mother told the OBSERVER about how the event has become a tradition of sorts for her family. “It’s been an annual event for us. We’ve been coming for about three of four years now.”

Flynn also told the OBSERVER about the history of the Egg Hunt and Kappa Sigma’s role in hosting. “The Egg Hunt is in its ninth year now, and this will be the fourth year Kappa Sigma has hosted it,” Flynn noted. “Everything with setting up, and meetings, it all took place over the course of about two months.”

The Egg Hunt has become a village favorite for local children thanks to the dedication from Coordinator of Volunteer and Community Services, Joyce Smith, and community volunteers Michelle Twichell and Beverly Bennett.

“This couldn’t have happened without Joyce Smith, Michelle Twichell and Sigma Gamma Phi sorority, we’re very gracious for their stepping in,” Flynn said, closing out his comments. “I want to thank everyone who donated, and all the brothers of Kappa Sigma too, it really was a team effort across the board.”

OBSERVER Photos by J.M. Lesinski. Moments after the egg hunt began, local children scampered across the basketball court in Steele Hall, grabbing at eggs to find the special ones containing prizes.