At the annual Eggstravaganza, staff of the Madera Parks and Community Services Department announced several times during the course of the morning, “The egg hunt will begin exactly at 11:30.”
More than 300 children, divided by age groups, had lined up outside of the outfield fences on three different ball fields Saturday at Lions Town and Country Park. At 11:20 staff opened a small gate and began ushering them to the inside of the fences.
The kids were told to line up against the fence and wait for the signal. However, several parents began lifting their children over the fence and dropping them onto the field.
Nearly 10 minutes before the signal sounded to start the hunt, either due to the urging of parents or lack of control by them, several youths in the older age group ran onto the field and started gathering eggs. This started a scramble by all. Parks staff were helpless to stop all the kids as they raced for the 10,000 eggs filled with penny candy and small prizes...