WATERTOWN There was no time for stalling for children looking for Easter eggs in front of City Hall on Saturday morning.
Hundreds of eggs were strewn across the small lawn. Lining up on the edge of the grass, more than 150 children and parents awaited the go from David A. Winters, president of the Watertown Downtown Business Association.
Given the signal, the children and their parents sped out to pick up the eggs at a pace similar to a herd of stampeding elephants. In less than a minute, the previously covered grounds were empty, with the exception of a few plastic egg pieces.
Organizers with the DBA, along with the citys Parks and Recreation Department and the Jefferson County Historical Society, billed the Easter Eggstravaganza as the largest Easter egg hunt ever held in the city. Mr. Winters said more than 2,000 eggs were spread across three egg hunts, with chances for children of different age groups to collect them.
In addition to candy, some children found special tickets in their eggs for prizes donated by local businesses.
It was incredible, seeing the smiles on their faces, Mr. Winters said.
The key for success for Davin Clarke, 11, and Nathan Otis, 6, both of Watertown, was perseverance.
Nathan said he got only two eggs on his first egg hunt. However, he said he picked up six on his second attempt, including one that held a ticket for a bumblebee stuffed animal.
Davin said the key was standing in the middle of a group of eggs and pulling them in at the same time.
He left the event with about 15 eggs.
In addition to the rapid-fire Easter egg rounds, several activities were held at the historical societys Paddock Mansion, including a coloring contest, face painting and a chance to have a photo taken with the Easter Bunny.
Several participants brought nonperishable food items to support the Watertown Urban Mission.
This is the first time the DBA has hosted the Easter Eggstravaganza, one of several events the organization has planned this year to help bring more people into the city. Hundreds of youths attended despite heavy winds and low temperatures.
Before her children Piper, 8, and Kyndslie, 7 had their turn to hunt for eggs, Nicole M. Myers said she hoped more spring-like conditions would come soon.
Then again, even if there were heavy snow on the ground, she said, I think theyd still come out anyway.
Video from the Easter egg hunt can be found at http://wdt.me/easter-egg-hunt.