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Organizers Hope New Canaan Egg Hunt Stays Dry

NEW CANAAN, Conn. – Nicole Cribbins is hoping Mother Nature is kind to New Canaan on Saturday so children on a quest for golden eggs won’t have to worry about dodging raindrops.

“We might have to do a sunshine dance as a group,” said Cribbins, chairwoman of the Young Women’s League of New Canaan committee that is organizing the annual Easter Egg Hunt.

Hundreds of children and their families are expected to hop to Waveny Park for the annual family party, beginning at 10 a.m. The league members have planned the event for several weeks, stuffing plastic eggs with candy, gift certificates and other goodies. Those eggs will be placed throughout the park for kids to find. The hunt also will feature sack races for kids and adults, balloon twisters making balloon figures and an appearance by Mr. and Mrs. Bunny and their chicks.

“There’s never a shortage of smiles,” Cribbins said. “The kids smile, the adults smile. It’s very rewarding to see it start. It brings a lot of joy to my heart.”

What does not bring her joy is rain in the forecast. As of Thursday afternoon, there is a 50 percent chance of rain Saturday with high temperatures in the upper 50s. Having planned this event for three years, Cribbins says she doesn't look at forecasts much anymore, though she does consult with New Canaan Recreation Director Steve Benko to plan accordingly.

“Even if it’s chilly, I hope it’s dry,” she said, though she’s certain the weather will be a lot more spring-like than before. “In years past, it’s been in the 20s when we set up.”

If rain does fall, the Easter Egg Hunt will move to New Canaan High School.

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