Photos: Children hunt for special Easter keys in Flanders

04/05/2015 8:00 AM |
At 14 months, Alice Wisniewski was among the youngest Easter Egg hunters in Flanders Saturday. (Credit: Michael White)

At 14 months, Alice Wisniewski was among the youngest Easter Egg hunters in Flanders Saturday. (Credit: Michael White)

Three minutes. That was about how long it took for the 40 or so children who attended Saturday’s Easter Egg hunt at the Big Duck Ranch in Flanders to scoop up 500 candy-filled eggs.  (See more photos below.)

Two of those kids, Allie Parascandola, 9, of East Quogue, and Fernando Atancuri, 5, of Hampton Bays, were lucky enough to find special eggs that each had a key inside, instead of candy. Those keys allowed them to claim the grand prizes: packed Easter baskets that weren’t that much smaller than Fernando.

Friends of the Big Duck president Fran Cobb said it was the fourth annual event at the Long Island landmark along Flanders Road.

“It’s our way of giving back to the community,” she said.

There were also games inside the Big Duck, where more prizes were awarded.

Children at the starting line before Saturday's egg hunt. (Credit: Michael White)

Children at the starting line before Saturday’s egg hunt. (Credit: Michael White)

The hunt lasted about three minutes.

The hunt lasted about three minutes. (Credit: Michael White)

Bella Dandrea, 7, of Riverhead and Cheyenne Metzger, 8, of Flanders, count their haul. (Credit: Michael White)

Bella Dandrea, 7, of Riverhead and Cheyenne Metzger, 8, of Flanders, count their haul. (Credit: Michael White)

The big basket winners, Fernando Atancuri, 5, of Hampton Bays, and Allie Parascandola, 9, of East Quogue. (Credit: Michael White)

The big basket winners, Fernando Atancuri, 5, of Hampton Bays, and Allie Parascandola, 9, of East Quogue. (Credit: Michael White)

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