As the Easter Bunny raised his arms in the middle of each field, surrounded by Easter eggs, hundreds of children got in a ready position with an Easter basket in one hand and the other hand ready to pick up eggs.
The children ranged from toddlers to 11-year-olds divided into four age groups on four different fields.
For the younger children, some of their parents were there to help, coaching them on how to pick up the most eggs.
At the count of “three” the Easter Bunny threw down his arms, and a stampede of children raced to pick up as many eggs as they could.
After a quick two-minute showdown of who could pick up the most eggs, there were no eggs left. But there were many smiles on children’s faces.
The egg hunt was part of the town of Garner’s Easter Eggstravaganza on Saturday at Lake Benson Park.
Thousands of children and their parents attended the event, despite an unusually cool day. There were bubbles, giant slides, face painting and pictures with Ninja Turtles, Elsa, the princess of Arendelle, and the Easter Bunny.
But after the Easter Egg Hunt, children talked about how much they liked the Easter Bunny and pondered on how they thought the Easter Bunny laid its eggs.
“The Easter Bunny is awesome. I love Easter hunting,” Sean Washington, 5, said excitedly.
His twin sister Jade Washington agreed.
But while Sean said the Easter Bunny makes his eggs, Jade disagreed.
“No, he doesn’t make them. He puts them on the ground and people find them,” she said.
With a little help from his eight-year-old brother, David, Sean said, the Easter Bunny makes his eggs by “tooting” them out.
“He poops,” Sean explained.
Vince Sothoron, 6, had his own theory on how the Easter Bunny laid its eggs.
“I think the Easter Bunny lives underground,” Vince said. “ And he makes them in his factory.”
He said the Easter Bunny works in the factory alone surrounded by “all those white eggs.” After that, he paints the eggs and puts things inside the eggs, Vince said.
Micah Starling, 5, said he never really thought about how an Easter Bunny lays its eggs. He was just happy to show off how many eggs he had scooped up. He smiled.
“(I wanted to get) a whole bunch of eggs, and I got a whole bunch of eggs,” Micah said.
Regardless of how those Easter eggs come to be, most children were, like Micah Starling, just happy to have a basketful.