Children ride a choo-choo to Bunnyland

April 11, 1993|By Traci A. Johnson | Traci A. Johnson,Staff Writer

Which came first -- the chicken or the egg?

For 3-year-old David Drumgoole the egg came first, but it didn't ++ come easily.

"We're in the barn now," said his father, David Sr., videotaping the exploits of his son as the child rummaged through a stack of hay for the colorfully decorated eggs hidden there moments before.

David Jr. dug feverishly through the hay again to retrieve an egg for his 20-month-old brother Matthew. The youngster grinned as David handed him the colorful prize.

JTC Hundreds of children followed David and Matthew in their quest yesterday as the third annual Hippity Hop Easter Bunny Train pulled out of Westminster and into Bunnyland.

The EnterTRAINment Line conducted the 90-minute trip from Westminster to the New Windsor area.

Live holiday characters like the Easter Bunny, a chicken and a decorated Easter egg played host to the 270 people aboard the train's noon run.

But just thinking about the eggs occupied most youngsters' thoughts.

"I'll get 10, maybe even more," said Kevin Ensey, 8, who made the trip with his grandparents, Lawrence and Nancy Bouchat, his three siblings and a family friend. "I'll just keep on looking until I find them all."

Sylvia Shropshire, 11, transported her booty in style.

The handle of her ornate wooden basket, with her name neatly scripted on a side panel, had carved bunnies attached at each end.

"I think I am going to get seven. Seven is a lucky number," said Sylvia. Her brother Jack, 6, said 11 eggs would be better. "I know at least I'll get one egg," he said.

"I think I want 10 eggs," said Sylvia's cousin Justin Lewis, 5, who wore his orange Halloween bucket as a hat. He looked at the bucket and set his sights a little higher. "Maybe I'll get 100."

While waiting to be called for the hunt, passengers amused themselves by eating in the snack car, having a bunny nose and whiskers painted on their faces, or watching out the windows for the elusive Easter cows that hide eggs for good farm children. The cow story came from EnterTRAINment employee Jaime Serensits.

Between looks out the window for the Easter cows, 2-year-old Raymond Harrell wanted to know how the nearly 6-foot-tall, 3-foot-wide Easter egg got into the train.

"Very carefully," the turquoise-and-pink egg was heard saying to another child who had asked the same question.

"This is best train I've ever seen," said Cori Miller, an 11-year old Woodlawn resident who was on the train with Sylvia's family. "Other trains are kind of plain, but not this one. This is best thing we could do on Easter."

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