GREENSBURG – It took all of about 10 minutes for nearly 800 kids to corral 12,000 candy and prize-filled plastic eggs Saturday morning at Rebekah Park.
The bevy of prizes and hidden chocolate goodies undoubtedly played a part in the brevity of this year’s annual Decatur County Riders/Arbor Grove Village Easter egg hunt, though there was clearly a great deal of fun to be had in a very short time.
The large turnout, which drew approximately 200 more children than last year’s event, gave participants a chance to win bicycles, scooters or huge Easter baskets overflowing with all manner of confections. The Easter bunny was on hand as well, and the happy holiday hare took time (as always) to distribute hugs and pose for family photos.
But Saturday’s fun was not at all limited to the youngest attendees, as a separate group of Arbor Grove Village residents were able to take part in a hunt of their own under a blanket of gorgeous spring sunshine.
The elder egg hunters earned gift cards as spoils of their pursuits.
It was exactly what event organizer Doug Puckett of the Decatur County Riders had hoped to see Saturday.
“We had a blast,” Puckett told the Daily News. “We just want to thank everyone for coming out.”
In addition to the previously mentioned prizes, this year’s baskets were stuffed with kites, coloring books and other assorted small items. In all, the riders purchased six bicycles, two scooters and a pair of 20-gallon Easter baskets.
Puckett’s thank you message to the large crowd on-hand included a goal that next year’s event will see 18,000 pastel eggs littering the length of Rebekah Park, each containing a treat of some sort.
It’s a goal that just may be accomplished, if Saturday’s crew of eager egg hunters was anything to use as an estimate.