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Kids scramble to find eggs in annual hunt

Kids scramble to find eggs in annual hunt

Little Jacob Walbroehl was at the head of the pack as a herd of children raced down a football field
Kids scramble to find eggs in annual hunt
Children rush toward the eggs at Faith Chapel's Great Easter Egg Hunt at the Schuylerville High School football field on Saturday.
Photographer: Patrick Dodson
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Little Jacob Walbroehl was at the head of the pack as a herd of children raced down a football field in search of plastic Easter eggs.

But the colorful eggs weren’t what Jacob was after — not at first, anyway.

Jacob had his eye on the goal line, and after sprinting 60 yards past 3,400 eggs to get there, he kept going.

Once he finally came to a stop inside a soccer net set up in the back of the end zone, the 4-year-old Burnt Hills boy turned around to find a bevy of candy-filled eggs all to himself.

He took his time filling his basket with about 10 eggs, while the other children, scooping up Easter eggs closer to the 50-yard line, never made it that far.

“I ran really fast,” he told his mom and dad, Jenn and Don, once they caught up to him. “Now I want to open them.”

Jacob’s family — his two sisters also joined the hunt — was one of more than 400 to come out for the Great Schuylerville Egg Hunt at the Schuyler High School practice field.

The event featured over 10,000 plastic eggs and three egg hunts for ages birth through 4, kindergarten through second grade, and grades three through six. Faith Chapel Assembly of God in Schuylerville hosted the event for the sixth year in a row.

“There’s only about 50 people in our church, and 30 of those people come together every Sunday for three weeks, and for two hours, to put eggs together,” the Rev. Jason Proctor, the church’s pastor, said.

Siblings Preston Pasos, 4, and Juliana, 3, wore matching Easter bunny ears and bow ties to the event. Preston’s were light blue and Juliana’s were pink.

“It was a gift from their grandmother, so they wanted to wear it,” their mother, Tricia, said.

Preston also wore a blue-striped neck tie underneath the bow tie — and candy Nerds on his face.

“I sorted through the hundred and billion eggs,” he said after racing around the football field. “I thought they had candy inside, and they did!”

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