La Verne residents joined together to take part in the annual Easter egg hunt early Saturday in Emerald Park and Pelota Park.
Hundreds watched as children, ages 1-12, stood anxiously at the red line waiting to snatch one of the 2,000 Easter eggs that were scattered across the grass.
“It was a nice day for such a wonderful tradition that so many participated in,” Dick Bates, member of the Rotary Club of La Verne, said.
Due to the high attendance each year, the city held the event at two locations, Pelota Park and Emerald Park.
The grass was divided into four sections, each pertaining to a certain age group.
The age groups were sectioned off with red tape indicating the groups for 1-3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12.
“My grandson is one, so this is our first year attending the Easter egg hunt,” Cathy Cordora, San Dimas resident, said. “I think it’s great how they divided the sections that way no one gets hurt. It’s a beautiful day to be outside and watch all the little kids gathering their eggs.”
As soon as 10 a.m. struck, the children were signaled to begin their hunt.
Within a couple minutes, the grass that was once covered with 2,000 Easter eggs was completely empty.
Each park contained approximately 2,000 Easter eggs that were stuffed with candy and special ribbons.
Each age group also had two special eggs — one that contained a red ribbon and one that contained a yellow ribbon.
Each child who found the red ribbon received a large Easter basket filled with toys, stuffed animals and candy.
Children who found the eggs with the yellow ribbons would have to take those ribbons to City Hall on Monday to claim their prizes.
“I have a 3-year-old and I loved seeing him go out there on his own to grab his eggs,” Veronica Flores, La Verne resident, said.
Although many said that the event was smaller than in previous years, there were still hundreds of children gathered for the event at each location.
“This is my second year attending the Easter egg hunt, this year seemed to have less children but more organized,” Kimberly Herrig, La Verne resident, said.
The Rotary Club, as well as their families and members of the Hillcrest Church, helped fill each of the 4,000 Easter eggs that were distributed at the local parks.
The Rotary Club of La Verne and the city of La Verne have been hosting this tradition for over 30 years.
“I have been participating in this event since I was a little kid and now I am able to watch my children enjoy the egg hunt as well,” Rachel Compas, La Verne resident, said.
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