Indoor Egg Scramble draws huge turnout in Frankford

Two-year-old Anthony Clay of Millsboro has both hands full of eggs. Holding Anthony’s bucket is his mom, Tyshay Clay. (Delaware State News/Glenn Rolfe)

FRANKFORD – Facing uncertain weather, organizers scrambled Saturday to stage the 2019 Egg Scramble.

For the most part held indoors in Frankford Volunteer Fire Company’s Station 76, Envision Frankford’s Egg Scramble was an extravaganza that drew hundreds of children and accompanying adults from far beyond the tiny town of Frankford.

“There are probably more people here today than live in Frankford,” said Mike Vaughan, pastor of The Father’s House, among the churches and groups that comprise the Envision Frankford initiative.

Egg scrambles were staged in the fire company’s engine bay area for ages 0-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12. A teen egg hunt was held outdoors, with eggs hidden in the briars, thickets and marsh.

In the banquet hall, there were numerous games, craft tables, face-painting and photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny, who made a special pre-Easter Sunday appearance. Successful egg scramblers exchanged empty plastic eggs for handfuls of candy and goodies.

German Lucas and Samir Lucas meet the Easter Bunny at Envision Frankford’s Egg Scramble.

And in keeping with Egg Scramble tradition, there was a scramble for children with special needs.

“The one thing that we really stress is the special needs, because not many of the egg hunts participate with that,” said Frankford town councilwoman Velicia Melson, who was among Envision Frankford’s volunteers.

Children vied for more than 9,000 eggs and more than 15,000 pieces of candy or their sweet-tooth equivalent.

In each age group, 35 eggs contained tickets for special prizes, courtesy of g sponsors that included Porto’s, McDonald’s, Texas Roadhouse, Rita’s, Hocker’s BBQ, West OC Injury & Illness Center, and 75th Street Injury & Illness Center.

In addition, there were two sand bucket grand prizes, each valued at $100. Each bucket contained gift certificates from the Clayton Theatre, Porto’s, Dairy Queen, Chick-fil-A, McDonald’s and Texas Roadhouse plus candy and toys.

Elizabeth Carpenter, far right, and Briese Parrill show some of the Easter Bunny craftwork at Ms. Carpenter’s Hay Wagon Produce table during the Egg Scramble.

Organizers opted to move it from Frankford Community Park indoors.

“Oh my gosh, I thought for a Plan B, this was egg-cellent,” said Pastor Vaughan, with pun intended. “Everybody pulled together and scrambled to make it come together. It seems like it worked out really well.”

“I would say it has been very successful,” said Ms. Melson. “The addition of the face-painting has really helped with the crowd as well.”

Envision Frankford is a grass-roots effort with representation of the town, fire company, church, library, civic and other groups. This was Envision Frankford’s fourth annual Egg Scramble.

“We just look forward to making it grow each and every year in responding to the community’s needs,” said Ms. Melson. “We just enjoy this very much. It’s a core group of people that really come together and participate for the community.”

Logan Keenan, 9, of Georgetown maneuvers through the hoop while holding hands of other participants in this game during the Egg Scramble.

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