NORWICH – Somewhere hidden in Norwich is a decorative egg worth hundreds of dollars in prizes, and each day from now until Easter, a clue will be released until it is found.
In order to find the egg, which is tucked away in a secret Norwich location, searchers will need to collect daily clues being published each day in The Evening Sun and other media outlets. By solving the daily riddles, fresh hints will indicate where the egg my be.
The Easter Egg Hunt is sponsored by the Norwich Fire Department Volunteers, the Maydole Hose Company, The Norwich Merchants Association and the Norwich Business Improvement District.
The hunt was an Easter holiday tradition in the 1970s and the groups hope to restart it, explained Maydole Trustee Pat Darling.
He said a total of 10 hints will be released while an additional bonus clue can be collected by visiting any of the participating downtown Norwich stores on Saturday.
By taking the hint in each of the clues and piecing them together, Darling said hunters should be able to find the egg.
Mayor Joseph P. Maiurano said the hints will use local history and geography in pinpointing the egg’s location.
“I really commend the Maydole Hose Company for brining back a piece of history in the community and bringing back an old but good event,” he said.
The egg is brown and yellow and is labeled ‘Maydole Hose Co. No. 2.’
Fire Chief Tracy Chawgo said anyone who finds the egg should bring it to the fire station on Saturday, April 23 to claim their prize.
At 10 a.m. that day, organizers will also be sponsoring the annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Chenango County Fairgrounds. This year’s event has been moved to the fairgrounds due to construction in East Park.
Chawgo said this year’s egg hunt will include thousands of eggs and small prizes. Last year’s event was the largest one yet.
The Easter Egg is not hard to find when you travel through the city back in time.
“Scramble sixteen letters from the clues.
The numbers will tell you what letters to use.”