FAIRFIELD — An Easter bunny was at the ballpark where hot dogs treated a crowd that came – not for a baseball game – but an uncompetitive hunt of the plastic egg.
The Edge Community Church hosted its annual Easter egg hunt in the softball field at Laurel Creek Park, where a line of families waited to participate in the marquee event.
“It was chaos,” said Melissa Wurz, women’s/small groups director of The Edge. “We probably had about 2,000 people here . . . chomping at the bit to get eggs.”
The Rev. Michael Wurz said the church laid about 15,000 eggs, which were donated by the parishioners and loaded with candy. The children were divided into age groups for the hunt that didn’t stress competition by awarding special prizes, he said.
“We didn’t want parents to think, ‘My kid is less special, my kid didn’t get the golden egg,’ ” said Michael Wurz. “(We wanted) to make sure every child gets eggs and plenty of them.”
A line of vendors hawking chocolate, jewelry and purses lined the outfield along with a few carnival-theme games such as a bean bag toss and giant tic-tac-toe. Volunteers with the Solano County Sheriff’s Office’s Animal Care Services adopted out a couple of pets. And volunteers gave out 1,000 hot dogs and about 1,000 bags of popcorn, Michael Wurz said.
While children lined up for photos with the Easter bunny, a group of siblings were collectively having a good time.
Aundrea Washington, 10, had already jumped in a bounce house and played some games.
“I had a nice time watching stuff and having a good experience together and getting to know each other a little more,” she said. “. . . It was fun to run around and finally get outside more,” she said.
Deandre Washington, 12, agreed. After jumping on the “trampoline,” it was mostly about “having fun with friends and getting to know other people.”
Their older sister, Gloria Dixon, was more enthusiastic.
“It was incredible,” said the 15-year-old, holding up a large bag of treats. “I like all the candy.”
Reach Adrienne Harris at 427-6956 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/aharrisdr.