ORANGE, CONNECTICUT — The third annual Easter egg hunt hosted by PEZ was ruined, Sunday, when greedy parents rushed the fields.
The free event, held at the PEZ visitors center in Orange, Connecticut, was the biggest this year. Organizers had planned for larger crowds than the past two years and were met with exceeding numbers.
According to a statement released by the company following the event, organizers had distributed over 9,000 Easter eggs in three different fields. Each field was designated an age group with a staggered start: 10:30 a.m. for ages up to 4 years old, 10:45 a.m. for ages 5-8 and 11:00 a.m. for ages 9-12.
"Unfortunately people chose to enter the first field prior to anyone from PEZ staff starting the activity," the company said in the statement. "The crowd moved to the second field, waited for only a couple of minutes and proceeded to rush the field without being directed to do so and before the posted start time. The crowd then immediately moved to the third field and took over and removed everything well before the activity was to even start."
The general manager and other staff quickly responded, letting visitors know if someone didn't get an egg or candy, they would be compensated. The company gave out candy to those who didn't collect any during the incident.
"We made efforts to get everyone something before they left and passed out tons of candy and coupons and the front entry and tried to make the best of an unfortunate situation," the company said apologizing. "We only wanted to do good for the local community."
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