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Eggs-tra special Easter production

By: Lauren Gibbs, The Placer Herald
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A little clouds and rain didn’t stop Rocklin kids from their hunt for eggs on Easter Sunday.
More than 800 kids were in search of brightly colored eggs for the 36th annual city of Rocklin and Rocklin Firefighters’ Association Easter Egg Hunt held at Johnson-Springview Park.
“A lot of people braved the cold to come out there,” said Kenneth Whitman, president of the Rocklin Firefighters’ Association.
In preparation for the annual hunt, more than 5,000 eggs were cooked and colored by volunteers early Saturday morning, hidden Sunday morning and found by Rocklin kids that afternoon.
“On Saturday at 7 o’clock, the pots were boiling,” Whitman said.
The eggs come from one of Safeway’s suppliers, NuCal Foods in Ripon, and the company has been a strong supporter of the annual Easter hunt for 15 years, in addition to Wal-Mart, Safeway and Rocklin Barber Shop.
Whitman said the volunteers have it down to a science and are able to cook and color the eggs in less than five hours with about a dozen volunteers.
Every year, the Rocklin Firefighters’ Association budgets for this annual event, which began in 1974 with the help of Assistant Fire Chief Vince Lopez.
Since then, it’s drawn thousands of kids from infant to age 10 in search of eggs.
Approximately 150 prizes were handed out this year including stuffed Easter bunnies and baskets for kids, Whitman said. Lasting just a few minutes, kids were quick to find the 5,400 eggs hidden throughout the park.
“When the siren blows, stand back,” Whitman said. “Everybody went away with eggs.”

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