Hundreds, thousands come out for Easter egg hunts

Bollinger County, Missouri
Bollinger County, Missouri
Marion, Illinois
Marion, Illinois

(KFVS) - Hundreds of children showed up at Easter Egg hunts on Saturday morning.  Even one where a helicopter brought the eggs!

There were 15,000 eggs filled with chocolate, candy and 40 dozen resurrection passages.

Organizers say these resurrection passages are a way to help teach the children what Easter is about.

If the children turned in the resurrection eggs, they got a special prize.

Thousands couldn't wait for the egg-bearing helicopter to drop candy filled Easter eggs Saturday at Rent One Ballpark.

When the crowd got the okay, they ran as fast as they could to snatch up as many of the goodies they could and crammed them into their baskets.

"I thought it was total madness," said Becky Abbott of Marion. "But I saw everybody stopping up there and I looked at him and I was like no we're not going to do that. We're going to rush way over there where all the eggs were."

The field was scattered with 50,000 eggs with more than 3,000 people to scoop them all up.

"I thought it was great, something good for the kids," said Jessica Cheney of West Frankfort. "And it's really nice out. I mean it was a lot of people.  I'm surprised about all the people zero to three.  And there were a lot of eggs."

"I was shocked at how many people there was, said Rachel Siever of Herrin.  "Especially kids zero to three year of age. I was completely surprised there was so many."

The Schnucks Easter Egg hunt at the Osage Center in Cape Girardeau drew hundreds and hundreds of kids.

The event started Saturday at 9 a.m. for the 2-3 year olds where they scattered out plenty of chips, cookies, sodas, plush-stuffed bunnies and Easter eggs filled with candy and coupons.

The event was held inside in the gym and took all the kids about one minute to scoop up every last bit of goodies there were.  After that, the 3-4 year olds hunted goodies and then 5 years and up.

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