While youngsters toddled blissfully toward colorful eggs sprinkled on the Lakeside Lions Park softball field in Spring Lake Park, older kids strategized how they might fill their bags with as many eggs as possible.
Several boys reached a consensus that they would run past the eggs scattered near the starting line because everyone would go for those.
Separate egg hunts were scheduled for children 2-4, 5-7 and 8 and up.
Held back by caution tape, the oldest group of kids was itching to fly across the park.
“How many more minutes?” a young girl asked. When the reply was 15 minutes, she was incredulous; it might as well have been forever.
“We are very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very impatient,” a young boy told Spring Lake Park Lions Club volunteers, who ran the afternoon egg hunts with the Spring Lake Park Parks and Recreation Department for a fourth consecutive year.
Eventually kids were given the OK to take off, and the ground was cleaned up in a flash.
Most eggs were filled with candy, but a lucky few received a wooden nickel, allowing them to redeem a larger prize basket.