12,000 Easter eggs ‘hunted’ on NJ beach (PHOTOS)

At the sound of the siren, they left. Hundreds of children rushed to mounds of sand to dig – yes, dig – for Easter eggs buried in the sand on Lincoln Avenue beach in Wildwood on Saturday.

There’s good beach etiquette – don’t throw the sand – that parents try to teach their children during the summer months. But not today, because the kids have gone all out in their hunt for the elusive golden eggs.

Children used small beach shovels, plastic claws or just their bare hands to dig for eggs. Some searched quietly and gently, others lay down on a pile of sand to dig even deeper.

Children dig for Easter eggs during the Greater Wildwood Jaycees Easter Egg Hunt on the beach, Saturday, April 16, 2022. Lori M. Nichols | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

According to Jodie DiEduardo, president of the Greater Wildwood Jaycees, 12,000 plastic eggs were buried in the sand for the event. Most contained small prizes like toys or stickers. The golden eggs – 150 of them – gave tickets for larger prizes to be collected after the hunt was over.

It was the Jaycees’ first Easter egg hunt since 2018, with the last three having been canceled due to weather or the pandemic. The atmosphere for this year’s hunt couldn’t have been nicer – 62 degrees and sunny with just a few clouds in the sky.

“It’s kind of like the unofficial start of summer,” Wildwood Mayor Pete Byron said. “This Easter egg event brings so many people to town. I was talking to a vendor on the boardwalk, he said yesterday was the best Good Friday he’s had in 20 years.

Wildwood Beach Easter Egg Hunt, April 16, 2022

Children dig for Easter eggs during the Greater Wildwood Jaycees Easter Egg Hunt on the beach, Saturday, April 16, 2022. Lori M. Nichols | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

The Jaycees have been hosting the Easter Egg Hunt for over 20 years. There were three separate areas divided by age groups: one for 1 to 4 year olds, where the eggs were placed mainly on the sand, then two other areas, for 5 to 9 year olds and 9 to 12 year olds, where the eggs were buried. .

“It’s a tradition,” Byron said. “It’s nice to see people coming back, everyone has a smile on their face, the kids are all excited. Summer is here.

To see more photos of the event, click on the Wildwood Beach Easter Egg Hunt Photo Gallery below.

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Lori M. Nichols can be reached at lnichols@njadvancemedia.com. Follow Lori on Instagram at @photog_lori.

Alicia R. Rucker