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A year later, order restored to ‘crazy’ Easter egg hunt

EASTHAMPTON — Extra volunteers, clearer instructions to parents, and even a couple of police officers were on hand just in case ensured that Easthampton’s annual Easter egg hunt went smoothly this year.

Last year’s hunt was marred by about a dozen parents who ignored organizers’ pleas and went into the hunt area to help their children.

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Some were reportedly rude to volunteers and even told older children it was OK to grab eggs from an area set aside for youngsters age 4 and younger.

More than 300 children took part in this year’s hunt for 18,000 treat-filled eggs Saturday, organized by the Easthampton Community Center.

Executive director Robin ­Bialecki told The Daily Hampshire Gazette that last year’s hunt was ‘‘crazy’’ but that every­one was well behaved this year.

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