Audrey Baker, 2, drops an Easter egg into her basket during the Copperas Cove egg hunt Saturday at the city park.

By Philip Jankowski
Killeen Daily Herald

City of Killeen Parks and Recreation unleashed a sugar rush of sorts Saturday for more than 1,000 children who participated in the annual Easter Egg hunt at the Killeen Athletic Center.

Parks and Recreation doled out 25,000 eggs across three baseball fields.

Children, divided into three age groups, lined the fences of each field eagerly peering at thousands of pastel-colored eggs, each with a promise of candy inside. Rare golden eggs also were placed in the field. Grabbing a golden egg entitled a child to a prize.

When the air horn sounded, children charged. Within minutes the fields were clear. All the eggs were grabbed and baskets filled.

Eleven-year-old Hector Rivera grinned proudly as he surveyed his bounty after the hunt. Rivera grabbed at least 40 eggs, including one golden egg he turned in for a baseball.

Rivera said the key to his egg-snatching success was his strategy.

“I went towards the big stacks of eggs and put down my basket. Then I grabbed as many eggs as I could and put them in the basket,” he said.

Parks and Recreation Superintendent Sherry Wolfe estimated that between 3,000 and 4,000 people attended the Smallville Easter Egg Hunt.

Also children searched for eggs Saturday in Copperas Cove’s City park.