Four fields, thousands of people and 13,000 pre-filled Easter eggs made for a pretty epic Easter egg hunt Saturday at the Harker Heights Community Park.

“Whoa” was all 2-year-old Jaleah could muster as she watched volunteers spread the eggs over the field dedicated to the 3 and younger crowd.

With the sound of Nichole Broemer’s air horn, the 19th annual Easter Egg Hunt began and the quest to fill baskets commenced.

“This is our first time doing a big community hunt,” said Ashley Wyatt, a Harker Heights resident. “We always do a family one, but this gets us out of the house and involved in what’s going on in our community.”

Saturday’s community hunt was a first for Wyatt’s daughter, Ryder, 3, who was eager to get her hands on some purple and pink eggs to put in her Disney princess bag. Her son, Leighton, 7, was at a field across the way for kids ages 6 to 8.

“We set ours up by age group,” said Broemer, recreation and events coordinator. “We had a field for kids 3 and under, 4- to 5-year-olds, 6- to 8-year-olds and an adaptive field to make it as fair as possible.”

The eggs were filled with candy, stickers and small toys and some contained prize slips for Easter baskets.

Connie Wheeler said she really appreciated having a field dedicated to children with special needs, because it leveled the playing field for her daughter, Tiffany, 15, who is deaf.

Wheeler, donning a yellow volunteer T-shirt, said she volunteers with the city often because she enjoys being able to spend time with her daughter and giving back.

More than 20 volunteers made the event possible. The Easter Bunny made a cameo and library staff members painted faces.

Contact Vanessa Lynch at or 254-501-7567.

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