An estimated 350 to 400 children swarmed through Millard Tydings Memorial Park in Havre de Grace, grabbing about 7,000 eggs in 55 seconds on a picture-perfect Saturday afternoon.
The event was the Havre de Grace Recreation Committee's 30th annual Easter Egg Hunt.
"We love it," Tracy Eaton, of Jarrettsville, said. She came to the hunt with her husband, Travis, and 6-year-old son, Travis Jr. "It goes by fast; they're quick, they don't waste any time."
The children raced to get as many eggs as possible, which meant prizes such as candy and games. They also hunted for eggs that contained slips of paper with specific prizes on them, such as a chocolate bunny.
The Havre de Grace Recreation Committee is a nonprofit and volunteer-run organization, which gets portions of its funding from the city and Harford County.
The committee's only paid employee, Recreation Specialist Karen Green, has been involved with the egg hunt since it began in 1984.
She noted the event comes with free admission, and there were no vendors on site at the park, although children could meet the Easter Bunny. A person dressed as the Easter Bunny stayed in the park long after the hunt itself was over, greeting and taking pictures with the children and their families.
"We sell nothing during the event," Green said. "The event is free."
The egg hunt is one of several community events put on by the recreation committee, such as its annual Halloween parade, that Green called "wallet friendly."
Lily Deady, 7, of Belcamp, described the experience as "awesome."
She came Saturday with her brother, Nathan, 9, their mother, Holly, and their family friend, Kelly Grant ,of Baltimore County. Grant brought her two children, 9-year-old, Lindsay, and 3-year-old Sienna.
"It was really cool, because they had a lot of eggs," Nathan remarked.
Saturday's hunt was the first for the Grant family; Holly Deady invited them to an event she regularly attends with her children.
"It's nice to get out, especially as the weather's nice," Deady said.