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Annual West Side Easter Egg Hunt To Be Held In Memory Of Harper Stantz

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BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -

The area's largest Easter egg hunt takes place Saturday April 20th at Rec Park. Volunteers stuffed 30,000 eggs that will be hidden throughout Rec Park. Organizers say they expect around 2,000 kids this year. The egg hunt starts at 10am, with music and food following.

"There's a lot of people in our community that can't do this on their own, so we just want to make sure we support them in that way," says Katie Carpenter, Secretary for the Children's Charity of Greater Binghamton.

The event is a tradition on the west side of Binghamton, and, this year, organizers wanted to honor the memory of 17 year old Harper Stantz. 

Stantz, one of two teens struck by a vehicle while walking home from playing tennis at Rec Park, was a west side resident. The Children's Charity of Greater Binghamton says most of their board knew Harper and the Stantz family and wanted to do something to celebrate her life. The egg hunt is a happy occasion, and organizers say it seemed fitting to remember a girl who was so full of life, fun-loving, and a frequent visitor to the park where the hunt is held. 

"Our hope is that while people go through the grief process, which can be really difficult and long that they can look back on this time and you know in the weeks and months and years to come with some positivity that the community was able to come together in love and support for Harper," says Carpenter.

This is the 7th year the egg hunt has been held. The event is free and open to children 10 and under.