BRAWLEY — Hundreds of children scrambled Saturday to snatch up colorful eggs and candy at Brawley Parks and Recreation’s annual Easter Egg Hunt held in Pat Williams Park. A sure preview of what might take place on Easter Sunday, the hunt was over in about five minutes, with kids happily digging through their baskets and bags to find yummy treats. And there was an appearance by the Easter Bunny who posed with kids and families for pictures.
The Brawley Parks and Rec annual egg hunt began in the 1970s as a fun day for the children of the town, according to Parks Director Pat Dorsey. Since then, it has become an important Easter tradition in Brawley and Imperial Valley as a whole.
Children eagerly picked up goodies from within the roped off sections of the park, including candies and colorful plastic and hard-boiled eggs.
Amanda Beltran said she has been bringing her daughter Angela every year since she was just months old, keeping the tradition going strong in her family.
“They provide something for the kids that they might not have at home,” said Beltran. “It
gives them the chance to celebrate Easter.”
“We come every year,” said Corina Steele from El Centro. “I love it in general, especially that they do the separation of the ages.”
The hunt is limited to ages eight and under and the park is sectioned off into three age groups; one for the smallest children ages two to four, a middle one for five to six years, and the biggest in the back with the seven to eight year old group. Dorsey said this year’s event had at least 500 children participating. Sometimes it can be close to 700, she said.
Each section also had three special eggs containing the seal of a City of Brawley business card inside. Children could take the cards to the kiosk and turn it in for a gift basket filled with all sorts of treats for the winner.
All of the prizes and candy were donated by the members of the Brawley community, Dorsey said. The hard-boiled eggs scattered around the egg hunt areas were painted and decorated by the seniors of the Brawley Senior Center.