(KMTR) -- It was an "egg-cellent" time for thousands of kids out in the Thurston area of Springfield on Saturday morning, taking part in one of the biggest Easter egg hunts in the state.
Between 3,000 and 5,000 people hit Willamalane’s Parks & Recreation District’s Lively Park on Saturday, April 7, 2012, for the annual “MEGGA Hunt” Easter egg hunt.
This is the 52nd MEGGA Hunt for Willamalane. Kids are grouped by age, then let go in a mad dash for all the eggs they can find with candy and prizes inside.
Willamalane says the event keeps growing, and in response, it keeps adding features.
“Next year we're talking about adding a second stage with more entertainment, more music up front where the other events are happening for the bigger kids,” says Mike Moskovitz, Public Affairs Coordinator for Willamalane.
The kids love it, too. When asked what the best part of it was, Tyler from Florence said, “Getting eggs and eating candy.”
The candy and prizes are a big favorite for Jayden as well. His favorites were Jolly Ranchers and Playdough.
The competition is more intense with the older the kids, according to Kayden and his sister McKenna. “We found a couple of ones that people missed,” said Kayden.
Preparation for the hunt is a scramble as well. Willamalane estimates it packs around 20,000 eggs for the event.