Kids hunt for more than 50,000 eggs at SW Austin church

Biggest Easter Egg Hunt in Austin

AUSTIN, Texas -- 50,000 colorful, plastic eggs littered the grounds at the Austin Oaks Church in Southwest Austin on Saturday morning.

But before hundreds of children got the chance to scope them up and eat the goodies inside the eggs, volunteers acted as quality control. They opened up the eggs and made sure there was candy inside. If the eggs were empty, volunteers put candy in them.

15-year-old Daniel Romero was one of the volunteers. He said each of the three fields covered with eggs has its own drama.

For the field just for toddlers, Romero said, "That one is slower and calm(er) because the kids are younger so they just walk around, uh, zone out, get candy and get excited."

Arguments have started on the field for kindergartners. 

"There's sometimes kids that argue for eggs. They can scream and make a lot of noise, but they have fun," Romero explained.

Then there's the field for third to fifth graders, which can get loud.

"Cause all the older kids run out and then they step on eggs, it's crazy," said Romero.

Eight-year-old Taryn Beacom is another volunteer.

"It's boring a little," the second grader said but has enjoyed the perks; eating all the candy her mom allows.

It has taken dozens of volunteers weeks to prepare for this event. 

"The time spent preparing to put these eggs on the ground measures to no comparison to the time it takes for them to leave the fields," said Karen Nicholson, the Executive Director of Austin Oaks Church.

Watching the sea of color disappear is Nicholson's favorite part. But before that happened, yellow caution tape warned kids to stay away from the candy gold mine.

Some stared and pointed to eggs, as if already claiming them. Others paced back and forth, their excitement hard to contain.

Finally, the moment of truth as thousands of little people swarmed the grounds and collecting as many Easter eggs as they could.

Volunteers told KVUE that they actually collected 53,000 eggs but donated 3,000.
 

 

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