Thursday Mar 27 2008
Off at the sound of the bell
By: Staff report
Rocklin Firefightersâ€™ Association hides 5,400 eggs at Johnson-Springview Park for Easter morning hunt
The siren sounded at 1 p.m. and more than 1,400 children took off to hunt for colored eggs at Johnson-Springview Park on Sunday. In just five minutes, the rush was over and all of the eggs had been found and gathered by the children ranging in age from infant to 10 years old. On Saturday members of the Rocklin Firefighters' Association boiled and colored 5,400 eggs in preparation for this year's Easter egg hunt. The hunt began as a small event more than 40 years ago with 60 dozen eggs and a small group of children and steadily progressed to this year's event with 450 dozen eggs and one of the largest group of children and their families ever. On Sunday, RFA members set up the areas by age group, put out the eggs and set up the prize area. This year's event was one of the best in terms of weather, attendance and just plain fun for everyone involved, according to Kenneth L. Whitman, president of the Rocklin Firefighters' Association. More than 300 prizes were handed out to those that found specially marked prize eggs. Prizes were obtained from Safeway, Rocklin Barber Shop, WalMart and from NuCal Foods who has long supplied the eggs used annually. Each of these local businesses has worked in a partnership with the RFA for many years to insure that the children of Rocklin have a great Easter egg hunt. Extra eggs were available and were passed out to children who had not found any eggs during the hunt or who arrived too late to participate.