Spring finally arrived Saturday morning in Wells.
Under sunny skies the Modern Woodmen Hall carnival grounds looked as if they had been visited by a most unusual flock of chickens with brightly colored plastic eggs scattered as far as the eye could see across the grass.
At the word “Go” from the public announcement system, parents’ ushered children through picking up the 10,000 candy-filled eggs set out by the event’s organizers the Modern Woodmen of America Junior Service Club.
Children of various ages, about 300 of them, scattered in all directions to begin filling bags and baskets with the candy-filled containers. Some of the eggs also contained tickets for other additional prizes like egg coloring kits and small toys.
The gathering of eggs itself lasted just a few minutes, but the smiles continued on likely for the rest of the day.
“We’re extremely happy with the turnout,” organizer Andrea Rathbun said.
For the second time the service club put on the Easter egg hunt, hoping to return a tradition to the area.
“They used to do it every year, then it just kind of fizzled away. We’re a community service group so we wanted to do this for the community,” Rathbun said.
While last year was a good start, Rathbun and fellow organizers including Julie Taylor said this effort took a major leap forward both in terms of support and participation.
“There were way more people than I thought would be here,” she said.
Thanks to the support of about 50 local businesses, all of those who turned out had plenty of eggs to pick up.
Rathbun said people came forward to help them fill the eggs up with candy as well as setting them out on the carnival grounds Saturday morning.
“We definitely hope to do it again next year, we definitely want to do it again,” Taylor said.