The rain did not dampen this year's egg hunt in Lithia Park. The Easter Bunny passed out balloons, gave hugs and posed for photos.

Brightly colored eggs and candy-filled plastic ones were scattered in each roped-off section. Children lined up on all sides eagerly waiting for the siren to mark the — p.m. start time.

Some of the older kids were busy scouting out where the golden eggs might be hidden. The finders of those rare eggs would win a soccer ball, kite or other prize.

Stacy Page, a Rotary Club egg hunt volunteer, said that it was a huge success, especially since the predicted rain never came. Karen Cooke attended the egg hunt for the first time with her two children, Rigel and Acacia, because her church didn't have an egg hunt like they usually did.

"This is so fun. I used to do this every year when I was little and we lived in Atlanta," said Brianna Glossop, who attends Ashland Middle School and was at the park to help watch her neighbor's children.

Although there are several hundred children and parents who attend the egg hunt every year, it never seems to be chaotic except for those three minutes when the children race around looking for eggs.

"I did really good!" said Enzo Bonetti, age 3, looking into his egg-filled basket.