WILLIAMSPORT -- Pebbles Malloy noticed something different this year at the annual Williamsport Volunteer Fire and EMS Easter egg hunt.
"I only got three eggs. I usually get a lot more," she said. "I think there were more people this year."
Pebbles, 9, of Williamsport, was right.
"A lot more people showed up than anticipated," fire company president Jay Grimes said. "We had (3,000) eggs and they disappeared like BAM!"
Fire company member George Nichols, 72, of Williamsport, said he has been to most of the egg hunts in the event's 30-plus-year history.
"This is the biggest crowd I've ever seen here," Nichols said.
The hunt began Saturday at 10 a.m. at Byron Memorial Park. Event chairwoman Trina Zimmerman estimated that more than 300 children ages 12 and younger and more than a thousand people in all attended.