"They dropped the Easter eggs and then we let the kids go in and pick them up", church member Rita Smith said.
But on Saturday, she was inside an at least eight-foot-tall, big-eared, white-furry Easter bunny costume as adoring children attending Uptown Martinsville Easter egg hunts had their pictures taken with her.
Hundreds of youngsters took off from the edge of the field for the 70th annual Easter Egg Hunt at Allen Park in Jamestown on Saturday. For more photos, go to www.dailycamera.com.
For other children, the standard Easter egg hunt held later in the morning also signaled the start of spring, and children in their pastel dresses and sunglasses came out for the festivities. "Kids who find the specially marked hard-boiled eggs in each age group receive an Easter basket", 20-30 Secretary Danny Miller said. City youngsters too have chalked out fun-filled activities including egg hunting and decorating bunnies.
Pierce added that family is most important to her and she hopes her children understand the importance of family and what Easter traditionally means. It was nice to see lots of smiles on so many young faces. Afterward, though, she said the boys "loved" the Easter Bunny.
Nikki Marin works with the teens at the Rockport YMCA's Ben Beyea Youth & Teen Center, and around 15 high schoolers volunteered to help stuff the hollow eggs with candy, spread them around the field and hand out prizes. Kids 3 and under were the first to participate in the most awaited event of the day, with older ones next in line.
I Am a Bunny, which we often read to our boys when they were toddlers. Brailynn Hernandez, 7, said.
But for some kids, the egg hunt isn't the best part of Easter. One that stands out in particular to me as the mother of two small children is Easter.
"Now especially that I've had children, we want to create some customs and rituals every year to have some fun, customs and rituals that they can remember and they can share with their children", Trinni Franke said.
Christopher Hallmark, special events coordinator for Odessa, said he wasn't exactly sure for how long the Easter egg hunts had been running, but was very familiar with it.style="text-align: center;"