VACAVILLE — The pool was hopping as children scrambled for dozens of eggs laid in the warm waters of the Graham Aquatic Center.
The city’s second annual underwater egg hunt made a splash – close to 175 people participated, said Recreation Supervisor Jackie Beecham.
“We more than doubled our participation from last year,” she said.
Separated by age in the center’s recreation pool as well as its activity area, children jumped at the chance to gather as many plastic eggs as possible. Afterward, the youngsters could turn in their collection for a small Easter basket. The lucky few who managed to pluck a “golden egg” from the water won a prized basket filled with goodies.
Bailey Carson, 10, was going for it. She figured the golden egg would sink in the pool, so she started her search by looking underwater.
“I thought I saw it shining, so I just swam for it really fast and got it,” said the Foxboro Elementary School fifth-grader.
The girl now owns of a basket of Peeps and Play-Doh.
An open swim after the hunt proved popular as few strayed from the center’s recreation pool, activity area and water slides.
“It’s such a warm day, most people are just enjoying the water,” Beecham said.
Bailey’s mother, Lucretia Carson, was happy to bring her four children to the event after missing it last year.
“My kids are all water babies anyway, and I just love the events that the community throws,” she said.
“They’re getting older, it’s refreshing to have something new,” she said.
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