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Eager Egg Hunters Swarm Fields At El Portal
Sisters Sophie, 3, and Cora Jefferson, 5, were happy to each have found a golden egg on Saturday at the annual Escalon Kiwanis Club Easter Egg Hunt.Times Photos By Marg Jackson

There were over 1,500 brightly colored, candy filled plastic eggs scattered and hidden around four separate ‘hunting’ areas on Saturday morning.

It didn’t take the dozens of local youngsters very long to find them all.

Also divided up between the hunting areas were a total of 110 golden eggs, which finders could redeem for a special prize Easter basket at the end of the hunt.

“It’s the Escalon Kiwanis Club, the Key Club and the FFA,” said Key Club advisor Rick Heflin, noting that the Kiwanis sponsors the annual event.

Key Club members help hide the eggs and assist with crowd control the day of the event and the FFA assists in providing funds to purchase the prize baskets for distribution to those finding the golden eggs.

Heflin said the day is always a fun one, and all participants receive a goody bag as well as all the candy they find in the hidden eggs. The four different hunting areas are based on age divisions, helping make sure all those taking part have the chance to find some eggs.

Young Birdie Castellanos, 2½, was done with her egg hunting and spotted the Easter Bunny nearby, rushing to hug and high five the bunny.

“She has been looking forward to it,” noted mom Leann Castellanos, as she took a commemorative photo.

Many parents were on hand to help the youngest hunters find the eggs and Kiwanis Club members also hosted a coffee, juice and pastries bar at the event as well.