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'Eggstravaganza' draws crowd to Central Park

Posted: April 19, 2014 12:12 p.m.
Updated: April 19, 2014 12:12 p.m.

James Moss, 5, waits for the start of the Easter egg hunt to begin where he will join the estimated 1,500 children who pick up some the 25,000 plastic eggs containing prizes, toys and candy at the Eggstravaganza event at Central park in Saugus on Saturday. Signal photo by Dan Watson.

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Hours of preparation came down to a 90-second mad dash during the annual “Eggstravaganza” Easter egg hunt Saturday at Central Park.

The annual event drew an energetic crowd to the fields of Central Park on Saturday morning, with around 1,500 kids, sorted by age, jockeying for prime position to collect the plastic Easter eggs.

“This is a traditional community event that the city’s been doing for around 25 years,” said Pat Downing, an arts and events supervisor with the city of Santa Clarita. “It’s a great family event.”

The event is a collaboration between the city of Santa Clarita and the Saugus Action Committee.

The Saugus Action Committee began the process of laying out more than 25,000 plastic Easter eggs hours before the event began, according to committee chairman Mark Weiss.

But it took participants far less time to scoop them all up.

“We timed it and it was 90 seconds to clear the field,” he said with a smile.

The eggs were filled with a collection of knickknacks, along with candy, of course, Weiss said.

Weiss said the event provides not only a chance for kids to have a bit of Easter fun, but gives adults a chance to catch up with their neighbors.

“Everybody has an opportunity to come out and see their friends, their neighbors, folks they haven’t seen for a while,” Weiss said. And it’s just a blast watching kids run around for 90 seconds, snatching eggs and seeing if they get a prize.”

Lori Adams, who was visiting the Santa Clarita Valley from Wisconsin, attended the event along with her granddaughters.

“I think it’s absolutely wonderful,” she said of the event, as two of her granddaughters sorted through their baskets. “In Wisconsin we usually have to hide Easter eggs in the snow, but it’s beautiful out here.”
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