Audio Story by Autumn Bernhard
Photo Essay by Emily Grant
People are all lined up for the Easter egg hunt at Farmer Fred’s Garden Spring Carnival at City Park. The candy cravings are much stronger than the yellow tape’s ability to hold people back while the hunt is being set up.
Lisa Harlow, mother of Stephanie and Jade, offers her daughters her very best Easter egg hunting advice. “When you hear the whistle blow, run straight to the middle where the most eggs are and grab as many as your little hands can get!”
Sisters, Anna and Jessie, somehow managed to snag a couple treats before the hunt officially began. Rules and caution tape have little affect when you’re 5 years old and have candy on the brain.
The whistle blows, and a swarm of sugar-crazed kids rush the hunting grounds. Lisa Harlow helps her daughter, Stephanie, by holding her hand and pointing out the eggs that others accidentaly passed up.
Maria helps her younger sister, Amelia, gather the candy-stuffed eggs. “I don’t mind helping her or sharing our candy. We will get more on Easter Sunday!”
San Marcos Police Department officers, Officer Mizanin and Officer Villanueva, stand guard to make sure things stay as orderly as possible. How orderly can things really be though, when there’s 300 kids each on their own individual mission to get the most candy?
Brothers, Romeo and Jacob, race against one another to see who can collect the most eggs. Jacob doesn’t waste any time, and picks up two eggs with one hand hand!
The first Easter egg hunt is over, and sisters Lizzy and Jessica rush to their parents to show them their basket full of eggs. “We wanted to share a basket so one of us wouldn’t be the loser. This way we both win,” explains Jessica.
If competing against 300 other kids isn’t your style, there are tons of other fun games and activities to partake in. Becky won the Lollipop Pull and now gets to pick her prize.
Michael pulls ahead of his sister, Linda, in the mini sail boat races. Linda huffed and puffed with all her might, but Michael came out victorious.
Ann Hammond and her granddaughter, Lindsey, enjoy people watching and exploring all the booths at the festival. So far their favorite activity was meeting the Easter Bunny!
If the kids weren’t hunting for eggs or playing games, there was a playground for them to run off all their sugar-induced energy. City Park was the perfect venue for Farmer Fred’s Garden Spring Carnival!
The carnival is close to being over, and Easter egg hauls park-wide are dwindling down. With four huge egg hunts, over two dozen activity and food booths, and even an appearance from the Easter Bunny himself, I would say the 2017 Spring Carnival was a was a sweet success!