The rush was on April 8 when the Englewood Great Egg Scramble starting horn sounded, and in less than five minutes, the hundreds of plastic eggs, toys and other goodies spread around at Miller Field disappeared into children's baskets.
Of course, the goodies just didn't appear, as volunteers from the United Service Clubs of Englewood, the Englewood Youth Council and the Englewood Parks and Recreation Department spent hours putting out the items.
“All the volunteers just worked together to make this a nice event for the community,” Heavenly Escobar, youth council member, said. “I have been coming to this event since I was a little girl. This is the first time I have helped put out the goodies.”
It was just minutes before the countdown for the start of the scramble and the Englewood High School freshman said she couldn't wait to see all the happy kids rushing around to scoop up the goodies.
“I know it will be awesome,” she said.
The event was open to toddlers to 8-year-olds. Since organizers want to have all children scoop up some goodies, the hunt areas were divided into four separate hunting grounds, with an areas designated for 1- and 2-year-olds, for 3- and 4-year-olds, for 5- and 6-year-olds and for 7- and 8-year-olds.
In case a child didn't get any goodies, the big white rabbit and volunteers moved through the areas to make sure every child got some candy.
Mother Nature made April 8 a beautiful spring day and the event drew a big crowd. Last year weather forced organizers to move it inside and the scramble was held in the gymnasium at the Englewood Recreation Center.
Elizabeth Reyes and her 3-year-old son Phillip sat together on the ground as they waited for this year's scramble to start.
“This is the first time we have come to this event,” she said. “It is really neat the community does this for the kids. I think Phillip is excited and I know he will rush around to get a lot of goodies.”
When the scramble was over, Jenni Lang and her daughter, 2-year-old Adelide, sat together on the grass as they checked out what was in the girl's basket.
“It is our first time and I didn't know what to expect,” Lang said. “I guess I was most surprised there were so many people here and everything was picked up so quickly. It was fun for us and I am glad we came.”