It was billed as the 39th Annual Easter Egg Hunt, but with more than 15,000 eggs “hidden” at historic Nash Farm, one organizer said it was “more of a scramble.”
Randy Sell, recreation supervisor for Grapevine Parks & Recreation Department, said they let the grass grow a little taller for the event, but most of the plastic eggs filled with goodies like candy and a little cash were there for the grabbing.
Sell’s 11-year-old daughter Chloe worked with the volunteers and 8-year-old son Noah joined in the hunt.
“It’s a lot of fun to watch it and to be in it,” Sell said.
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To make it fair, the day was broken up into several age divisions so zero to 2-year-olds didn’t have to compete with the top ages.
Face painters, bounce houses, a petting zoo, hay rides and music added to the family-friendly atmosphere.
Jay and Mindy Mize and their daughters Alexis, 11, and Keira, 6, were joined by family friends. Alexis, who has been coming to the event since she could walk, gave advice to the other three children.
“If you want to get lots of eggs, you need to mow the other kids down,” the Grapevine youngster said.
The city’s Nash Farm is open year-round and offers historic life on the farm experience that includes a home, barn and cemetery that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
“We show people how to use heritage skills to enrich their lives,” said Jim Lauderdale, Nash Farm manager. “We want them to see the rural atmosphere right here in the middle of the Metroplex.”
Today was especially fun for Lauderdale because it was his 12-month-old son Weston’s first time to participate.
“The egg hunt is good exposure for the farm and I’m excited to have Weston here,” the proud father said. “He’s excited, too. He’s growing up here at the farm and it’s fantastic. It’s fun playing in the grass and playing in the dirt.”
Lauderdale said those who visit Nash Farm, which is located on 5.2 acres several blocks from Historic Downtown Grapevine, get a glimpse of what life was like on the farm more than a century ago. A big part of the Nash Farm experience is education, he said.
And, apparently, plastic eggs.
Nash Farm residents Blackwell the rooster and nine hens greeted the throngs of children and adults, but their educational purpose did not include providing eggs for the hunt.
Lauderdale said that a hen lays one egg per day under optimal conditions, “so you can do the simple math.”