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Hundreds turn out for season's first Easter egg hunt

Two-year-old Adonis Morales of Lawrenceville, who reaches for an egg was among the hundreds who participated in the 9th annual Sugar Hill Easter egg hunt at the E.E. Robinson Park Saturday. Over 30,000 eggs were collected during the three hunts which were divided by age groups. (Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan)

Two-year-old Adonis Morales of Lawrenceville, who reaches for an egg was among the hundreds who participated in the 9th annual Sugar Hill Easter egg hunt at the E.E. Robinson Park Saturday. Over 30,000 eggs were collected during the three hunts which were divided by age groups. (Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan)

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Hundreds of children run to eggs of their choice as they participate in the 9th annual Sugar Hill Easter egg hunt at the E.E. Robinson Park Saturday. Over 30,000 eggs were collected during the three hunts divided by age groups. (Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan)

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Hundreds participate in the the 9th annual Sugar Hill Easter egg hunt at the E.E. Robinson Park Saturday. Over 30,000 eggs were collected during the three hunts divided by age groups. (Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan)

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Skylar Schmitt, 2, of Suwanee inspects an egg she collected during the 9th annual Sugar Hill Easter egg hunt at the E.E. Robinson Park Saturday. Over 30,000 eggs were collected during the three hunts divided by age groups. (Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan)

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Hundreds gather around the eggs prior to participating in the 9th annual Sugar Hill Easter egg hunt at the E.E. Robinson Park Saturday. Over 30,000 eggs were collected during the three hunts divided by age groups. (Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan)

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TJ Cooper, 13, of Suwanee pours out a box full of eggs as crews prepare to place 10,000 eggs out for the seven and older age group during the 9th annual Sugar Hill Easter egg hunt at the E.E. Robinson Park Saturday. Over 30,000 eggs were collected during the three hunts divided by age groups. (Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan)

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A boys holds a basket of eggs he collected during the 9th annual Sugar Hill Easter egg hunt at the E.E. Robinson Park Saturday. Over 30,000 eggs were collected during the three hunts divided by age groups. (Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan)

SUGAR HILL — Too early for Easter? That’s a n-egg-ative!

Hundreds of men, women and children swarmed Sugar Hill’s E.E. Robinson Park Saturday afternoon, eager to take part in the festivities surrounding the city’s ninth-annual Easter egg hunt. The holiday being celebrated is still two weeks away, but it didn’t seem to matter.

Taylor Roberts, Clarise Pedersen and Megan Bartlett sat on a blanket with their younger children while the older ones enjoyed inflatables with their fathers.

“It’s awesome,” Roberts said. “It’s really awesome. Sugar Hill always does such a great job on these events … And you have to appreciate the volunteers putting together 10,000 eggs.”

And those 10,000 plastic eggs were just for the first group of hunters, ages 1 to 3. Two more groups — ages 4 to 6 and 7 to 9 — were yet to come.

“It seems really well organized,” Pedersen said. “I was kind of expecting chaos.”

The second group of egg-seekers did push onto the baseball field for their main event a few minutes early, but, that aside, things went smoothly. Long but orderly queues formed for inflatable rides and pictures with the Easter bunny, and refreshments were sold. Canned foods were collected for a local co-op.

The weather was beautiful.

The first egg hunt of the season, it was a little early perhaps — but don’t tell the kids that.

“I don’t think kids are ever tied of hunting eggs,” Pedersen said. “They could hunt eggs every day.”