There was a mad scramble for prize-packed plastic Easter Eggs on Saturday as hundreds of children from toddlers to 12-year-olds scoured the field at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center.
The 3,000 eggs were scooped up by the 485 children that registered for the event, which was co-sponsored by the Washington County Rural Heritage Museum and the Washington County Recreation Department, said Leslie Hendrickson, the museum's administrator. The eggs were filled with candy, stickers and certificates for free recreation department classes, she said.
There also were 10 grand prizes of Easter baskets for 10 children who found the special eggs hidden on the grounds, Hendrickson said. The Easter Bunny also was on hand to hand out traditional holiday treats.
Eggs long were used as a symbol of the rebirth of the earth in spring festivals that predate Christian Easter traditions. While the eggs gathered by the children on Saturday were plastic, those visiting the museum today will have the chance to experience what it was like to dye real eggs the way it was before PAAS Easter egg dye kits were created more than 125 years ago.