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Kids Hunt Down Easter Treasures
Eggs that looked more like small boulders were brightly colored and placed in the grass on the grounds at El Portal Middle School, just waiting for the eager youngsters to come and find them on Saturday morning.

The annual Easter Egg Hunt hosted by the Escalon Kiwanis Club with assistance from its youth Key Club division, went of smoothly on April 7, with some 1,600 eggs up for grabs.

They were of the 'jumbo' size, donated by SKS Enterprises, and dipped in a variety of colors by Key Club members during a Friday morning gathering at Saron Lutheran Church.

On Saturday, the hunt was offered in three age divisions, from birth to 4, 5 to 7 and 8 to 11, with different locations of the school playing fields on First Street designated for those age groups. Along with the traditional hard boiled eggs, there were a number of plastic prize eggs, some with candy, some with coupons redeemable for merchandise, some with golden dollar coins. In each of the age groups, two special eggs were hidden among the edible ones, with those grand prize eggs good for an Easter Basket full of toys and candy.

The Easter Bunny was on hand for photos and to visit with youngsters following the hunt, and every participant also received a goodie bag of candy, courtesy of the Kiwanis and Key clubs.

"I'm going to make some deviled eggs," said Patrick Aughenbaugh, 7, carting off 21 brightly colored eggs he found. "This is my third time here."

Young Audra Hobby, 2, was looking for eggs in the grassy area by the El Portal track, using her dad's old decorative Easter basket to carry her finds.

Parents and grandparents had cameras at the ready, snapping photos of children in their Easter best, posing with the Easter Bunny.

Kiwanis Club members offered their thanks to the many businesses in the community that helped support the effort and especially SKS Enterprises for the donation of the eggs.

This year, the hunt was staged an hour later than in the past, giving the grass more time to dry before placing the eggs around the school site.