The Mount Airy city Easter egg hunt held Saturday at Westwood Park proved it will take more than a rainy, 40-degree morning to deter local youth, who showed up in rain gear and smiles for the annual event.
“He doesn’t care a bit,” said Amanda Bare of her two-year-old son Jaylon Bare, who collected eggs during the worst of the morning rain with the other toddlers shortly after 10 a.m. “He was just happy to wear his rain boots, that’s what tickled him to death.”
Nearby, Kylee Williams, 2, also didn’t seem to notice the rain, though Brett Garrett did his best to keep her covered with an umbrella.
“She likes playing in the rain,” said the youngsters’ mother, Stephanie Garrett. “She loves it.”
Mount Airy Parks and Recreation staffers had spread about 8,000 goody-filled eggs in three separate fields at the park for different age groups.
Staggered start times let kids of the same age collect at the same time and families with children of different ages stay together.
By 11 a.m. the eggs had vanished.
Saturday’s event was the third year the agency had hosted the hunt.
“It’s kind of like rain or shine,” said Fonda Mooney, an event organizer. “We were hoping the rain would hold off, but it hasn’t dampened our spirits at all.”
Raising the stakes for the hunt, a single golden egg was hidden for each age category.
Whoever found the golden egg won a special Easter basket.
For parents who didn’t wish to get the family out of the car in the rain, prepared bags full of eggs were handed out in the parking lot drive-through style.
They didn’t have many takers.
“They said once they were here they wanted to get out and enjoy the experience,” said Darren Lewis, who was stationed in the parking lot.
The rain had died down some when the 3-to 6-year-olds took off from the starting line at about 10:20, with music provided by local deejay Blanton Younell going strong.
“This is so fun,” said Beth Reece, watching the youngsters grab for the eggs.
“There was no bag option for the children,” said Cathy Reece. “They didn’t want the bag option.”
The rush from the starting line seemed grow more competitive with the ages.
As the 7- to 11-year-olds lined up, Jaimi Scott, of parks and recreation told the group about how craftily the eggs were hidden in the leaves and trees for their section.
“There’s a huge pile right in front of us,” challenged Palak Patel.
“That’s just to tease you,” Scott replied.
Mady Akers and Gracie Branson, both 7, teamed up and found the golden egg for the eldest age group in a tree.
The had agreed to split the bounty in the pre-filled Easter basket they won.
“I’m ready to get the toys and get the candy,” Gracie Branson said.
Reach Terri Flagg at 415-4734.