Hundreds of smiling faces took on the challenge to hunt for 40,000 Easter eggs on Saturday, April 16, 2022, at John Flowers Circle inside Waryas Park in Poughkeepsie, NY.
Photo Caption: (Children looking for Easter Eggs at the John Flowers Old Fashioned Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 16, 2022, at John Flowers Circle inside Waryas Park in Poughkeepsie, New York.)
Children who attended the "John Flowers Old Fashioned Easter Egg Hunt" were laughing, playing and most importantly filling up their Easter Baskets with dozens of colorful eggs! The John Flowers Easter Egg Hunt is a Poughkeepsie tradition going back 27 years, ever since the late great community organizer John Flowers (1943-2015) started the egg hunt back in 1995. This year, the legacy and fun of the egg hunt continued under the leadership of his children and extended family members, friends, volunteers and sponsors.
Photo Caption: (Left to Right: Children looking for Easter Eggs / Child smiles with the Easter Bunny / Child smiles with eggs they found / Parents and guardians watching their kids hunt for eggs / Children hunting for Easter eggs / Child smiles with the Easter eggs they found / Children holding Easter baskets they received from the John Flowers Old Fashioned Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 16, 2022, at John Flowers Circle inside Waryas Park in Poughkeepsie, New York.)
Yvonne Flowers, daughter of John Flowers and 5th Ward Common Council Member was on the move yesterday with donuts in one hand and whip cream in the other as she prepped the stage for the children to participate in a doughnut-eating contest with prizes. Y. Flowers told The Goodie Drop that community generosity brought 40,000 Easter eggs and 1,700 Easter baskets to Waryas Park for the event. This was in addition to local businesses like O'Connor & Partners PLLC Personal Injury Attorneys, Mary Janes Dairy Bar and Fuel4Life helping to sponsor and volunteer at the egg hunt. Y. Flowers also thanked the City of Poughkeepsie employees who jumped in to set up and help out with the 3-hour event.
“We keep doing it because of all the kids that come out here. It's really good for our community. It's nice to see families coming out and spending time together.” - Yvonne Flowers, Common Council 5th Ward
The John Flowers Old Fashioned Easter Egg Hunt also put together an egg hunt for anyone that needed wheelchair accessibility. The "Think Differently" organization brought tables down to Waryas Park with eggs hidden in hay on top of the tables that were then neatly placed around debris-free sidewalks.
Photo Caption: (Left to Right: Children participating in the doughnut-eating contest / DJ Hobe playing music during the egg hunts / Children meeting K9 officer Minka with Dutchess County Sheriff's office / Volunteers running the wheelchair accessible egg hunt tables / Volunteer hiding eggs for the egg hunt / Poughkeepsie City Worker helping at the egg hunt / O'Connor & Partners PLLC sponsor with Yvonne Flowers 5th Ward Common Council and daughter of John Flowers / Master of Ceremonies and community activist Frankie Flowers son of John Flowers / Volunteers giving out baskets at the John Flowers Old Fashioned Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 16, 2022, at John Flowers Circle inside Waryas Park in Poughkeepsie, New York.)
Frankie Flowers community activist and son of John Flowers was the Master of Ceremonies at the event. F. Flowers worked with volunteers from the PK Riders and Power Kingdom Rider Divas to keep the egg hunts going and the contests moving. F. Flowers also told The Goodie Drop that there was an egg hunt for everyone at the park for every age or special need. Parents and guardians did have a chance to look for eggs, but they were no match against their 'egg-cited' competitors on Saturday!
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