Families turn out to hunt Easter eggs

Photo by Corinne Nicholson

Photo by Corinne Nicholson

SUGAR HILL -- Children encircled the rainbow sea of plastic eggs, anxiously awaiting the three-second countdown for the hunt to begin.

Their quest was to find the golden egg. And to grab as many eggs -- and, therefore, as much candy -- as possible.

Within moments, the section of the field that had been covered by 11,000 plastic eggs was cleared.

"I got a lot of candy," said 6-year-old Kayleigh Griffin as she cracked open her eggs and inspected her spoils.

Sugar Hill's fifth annual Easter egg hunt took place Saturday at E.E. Robinson Park. More than 3,000 people packed the park for the event, which featured about 33,000 Easter eggs in all and three hunts for children ages 1 to 9.

"The turnout has been one of our greatest so far," said Andy McQuagge, Sugar Hill's recreation director. "It's a beautiful spring day."

The annual Easter egg hunt is one of the city's many family-oriented events, McQuagge said. In addition to the hunt, the event featured prizes for the three children who found the golden egg, free photos with the Easter bunny, inflatable bounce houses and slides, and music.

"It seemed like a good thing to do for the kids," said Buford resident Natasha Bryant, who works in Sugar Hill and saw a sign advertising the event. "I didn't even know it was free. That was an extra bonus."