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Egg hunt truly was all it was cracked up to be, and more

April 02, 2006|By TARA REILLY

WASHINGTON COUNTY

When the whistle blew on Saturday, about 200 children spread like wildfire up and across a grassy area behind the Rural Heritage Museum at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center.

The children moved quickly, scooping up as many Easter eggs as they could find and placing them in buckets, baskets and bags.

Jaime Dick, recreation manager for the Washington County Recreation Department, said 3,000 eggs were scattered on the ground, sectioned off by age group, at the start of the egg hunt.

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Barely five minutes later, the eggs were gone, and many children could be seen eating the candy stuffed inside them.

The free event was sponsored by the Recreation Department, the Hagerstown Community College Student Government Association and the Rural Heritage Museum.

The hunt was part of the Spring Open House at the museum.

Higher Ground Coffee donated free hot chocolate for the children, and the Easter Bunny was on hand to greet them.

"We didn't think we were going to get that many kids, but I think we can definitely handle it," Dick said before the event. "It won't be a problem."

After the hunt, parents and children said they were pleased with the event.

The hunt was open to children up to age 12.

"He did pretty good," Timothy Wahl, of Hagerstown, said of his 2-year-old son, Timmy.

Timmy had a bag in the shape of a race car full of eggs.

His 5-year-old daughter, Madison, and wife, Madeline, also said they had a good time at the event.

Madeline Wahl, a native of Hawaii, said her home state didn't have Easter egg hunts as big as Saturday's event.

"I thought it was fun," said Madeline, who accompanied their daughter as she looked for eggs.

"It was a challenge to get up that hill," she said. "It went by quick because the kids are fast."

Jordyn Truax, 7, of Williamsport, nodded her head when asked if she had a good time. She had several eggs in her basket.

Her father, Todd Truax, said Jordyn goes to an Easter egg hunt every year. He thought Saturday's event was well-organized, he said.

"I think everybody had a good time," said Laura Jones of Keedysville. "I think they got plenty."

Jones attended the egg hunt with her daughter, Melanie Anderson, of Hagerstown, and her four children, Sarah, 9, Emily, 7, Kayla, 6, and Billy, 4.

The children's baskets were loaded with candy from inside the eggs.

"I was surprised there was no event fee - even like a buck or two," Jones said.

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