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Mayville Easter egg hunt sees a record turnout

March 24, 2016
By Gavin Paterniti ( , Westfield Republican

Several hundred children and their families crowded Mayville's Lakeside Park on Sunday in search of Easter goodies.

Members of the Mayville Fire Department hosted their fifth annual Easter egg hunt at the Carlson Community Center and its surrounding landscape, where an unprecedented number of youthful area residents participated in the search for 3,000 plastic eggs filled with candy and other surprises.

Mild temperatures and sunny skies greeted those who attended the event. According to Janet Crandall, who co-chairs the annual event with her brother, Tom, turnout for the event has increased considerably in each consecutive year since its inception.

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The Mayville Fire Department’s fifth annual Easter egg hunt at Lakeside Park on Sunday saw a record number of participants.

"This is the fifth year, and every year it grows," she said. "We had a really great turnout and I'm very pleased. It's just a great community event, and it's fun to watch all the kids."

The participants were split into three divisions by age: 4 and under, 5-8, and 9 and over. Each division had approximately 1,000 eggs, among which was one special prize egg awarding a brand new bicycle to the child who found it. The bicycles - which were purchased from Jamestown Cycle Shop from money donated by R&R Landscap-ing, K Kare Services, Burkhart Landscaping and A-Automotive - went to Kaleb Mendez of Randolph, Lizzy Hammond of Westfield and Fiona Davis of Dewittville. Helmets were also provided by Jamestown Cycle Shop.

Also in attendance was Marty Bova, Mayville mayor, who said events such as the annual Easter egg hunt are crucial to establishing and maintaining a healthy community relationship.

"I credit our fire department for all of their efforts in putting this great community event together," Bova said. "It's phenomenal to see all of these kids and their families enjoying themselves, and they're also helping out a great cause at the same time."

In addition to the children's Easter egg hunt, a giveaway of dozens of donated items took place inside the community center. While the fire department provided most of the candy and Easter egg prizes, items for the giveaway were donated by a number of local and area private and public entities.

Among those who donated items for the giveaway were: Light House Grocery, which donated an Easter ham; Webb's Resort and Candy Shop, which donated a chocolate rabbit; Chautauqua Suites, which offered a one-night stay; Crosby's Mini Mart; Boxcar Barneys; Standard Portable; Tammy's Burger Barn; Bonar's Mayville Diner; Beauty Boutique; Mayville Hardware; Napa Car Center; Brenda Houser, who donated a candle basket; Chautauqua Harbor House; Tops Markets; Shear Style; The Bark Grill; Uptown Dresser; Starflight; Girl Scout troops 20029, 20117 and 20075; Jacob Ventura, who donated a quart of maple syrup; Chautauqua Marina; and more.



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