Hundreds of children, along with their parents, braved less-than-springlike conditions Saturday morning for the first Eggstravaganza event hosted by Northstar Community Church, Coon Rapids.
The family-themed event took place on the field behind Northdale Middle School, Coon Rapids.
Some 10,000 plastic Easter eggs were scattered in three areas set aside for the egg hunts.
Inside the plastic eggs were either candy or raffle tickets for prizes of gift cards donated by area businesses.
The egg hunt was also split into three different age groups and no more than 35 children were allowed to search for eggs at one time.
Once one group had finished their hunt for eggs, volunteers replenished the supply of eggs in the roped-off areas.
But the Eggstravaganza was more than just an Easter egg hunt.
Children could visit with the Easter bunny and have their photos taken with the bunny, have fun in the bouncy houses, have their face painted, listen to live music and explore two Coon Rapids Fire Department trucks, one of them the ladder truck.
And when children registered for the Eggstravaganza, they were given a bag, which among other items, included a gift card for a free sandwich at Pot Belly Sandwich in Riverdale.
Northstar Community Church marked its first anniversary of conducting services at the AMC Showplace in Coon Rapids in February.
Peter Bodley is at firstname.lastname@example.org