FARMINGTON — They stood on the front line with chocolate in their eyes.

A herd of about 2,000 children stormed the lawn of Sycamore Park Community Center Friday morning, diving at the ground for the fluorescent ovals that held assortments of sweets.

They combed the ground, leaving not one of the exactly 30,008 plastic eggs without a basket. They squealed with joy and stuffed their faces with bite-sized desserts.

"We tried to have a map planned out," said Colton Nosker, 12, who teamed up with his brother and sister. "We were going to get them all. Then, we saw some golden eggs."

Not all, however, was fun and games, as children were left behind in the running-of-the-kiddos.
Children race to gather eggs at the Sycamore Park Community Center Easter Egg Hunt on March 29.
Children race to gather eggs at the Sycamore Park Community Center Easter Egg Hunt on March 29. (Augusta Liddic/The Daily Times)


"They ran over me," blubbered Aiden Blumberg, 8, in his mother's arms.

Some parents watched, horrified by the swarm of children and the speed at which they conquered the task at hand.

Children were divided into four age groups, so as to protect the little ones, but the tots had no trouble collecting the treasures scattered everywhere. Some parents were spotted helping their tykes score the good eggs (They know who they are.). Other parents stood by, in awe.

"That's our future generation," said father Kyle Rodriguez, who watched as the preteens took over the field designated for the teenagers. A cloud of dust coated the entire area.

Some of the volunteers marveled at the sight, impressed by the group's collective cleanup of the grounds.

"If only our soldiers moved like that," said Staff Sgt. Terrill Lee, one of the New Mexico National Guard members who volunteered at the event.

Planting all of the eggs took about an hour and a half, volunteers said, though the children swept the grass in about a minute and a half.

The egg hunt at Sycamore Park Community Center, now in its fourth year, has grown in popularity each year, especially when the egg hunt at Kiwanis Park in Farmington ended three years ago.
From left, Justice Foster, 5, Jericho Foster, 3, Alidah Thomas, 6, and Jesseina Foster, 11, go through their Easter eggs after the Sycamore Park Community
From left, Justice Foster, 5, Jericho Foster, 3, Alidah Thomas, 6, and Jesseina Foster, 11, go through their Easter eggs after the Sycamore Park Community Center Easter Egg Hunt on March 29. (Augusta Liddic/The Daily Times)


Even the Easter Bunny made an appearance this year, striking poses with all the children who still fervently believe he is the one who puts out all those eggs.

How he makes those eggs? No one seemed to know. Some didn't want to know, and some just didn't care; as long as they were filled with goodies.

Some children even reminded their peers, and their parents, that as awesome as an egg hunt is Easter can be about a lot more.

"Easter is really about spending time with your family and learning about Jesus. I am pretty good at that," said RaQuel Jackson, 11. "I don't even care about the candy that much. I got some in my pocket, though."

Jenny Kane can be reached at jkane@daily-times.com; 505-564-4636. Follow her on Twitter @Jenny_Kane.