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Dark skies don't dampen Easter spirit

Published: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT
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Tyler Read, 3, of Genoa, drops a plastic egg into his Easter basket.
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Children at the Genoa Township Park District's egg hunt were undeterred by ominously dark skies on Saturday.
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Bailey Peters, 2, and Aybraie Fry, 23 months, try out some of their treats after the Genoa Township Park District egg hunt.
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Lillian Bradley-Fencl, 3, of Genoa, takes a piece of candy out of a plastic egg.

GENOA – Cecilia Fencl wasn’t sure what to expect. The Genoa woman was planning to take her 3-year-old granddaughter, Lillian Bradley-Fencl, to the Genoa Park District’s annual Easter Egg Hunt at Chamberlain Park last Saturday morning. But then a friend told her there was a reported tornado warning in nearby Kingston.

“That’s why we waited until the last minute to get here,” she said.

Increasingly threatening skies and a rumble of thunder didn’t prevent a large crowd from turning out for the annual event.

“One time we came in the pouring-down rain,” said Harmony Rushton of Genoa, who brought her children Marre, 7, Foster, 5, and Jude, 3. “That was two years ago.”

The weather also didn’t stop Kelly Peters from inviting her 23-month-old grandchild, Aybraie Fry, to come over from Oregon.

“As long as it’s not pouring, I said let’s go,” she said.

The event is divided by age groups, so that younger children go first and older children follow a half-hour later. Because of the unpredictable weather, Genoa Township Park District Executive Director Paul Bafia moved up the older children’s time by 15 minutes.

A total of 4,000 eggs – 1,000 for each age group – was distributed in roped-off areas of the park. Once children extracted candy from the plastic eggs, they were asked to return the eggs to be used next year.

The Easter Bunny was also busy presiding over a breakfast in Cortland last Saturday and visiting egg hunts in Kingston and Maple Park.