NORTH ROYALTON – Like most Easter egg hunts, it was over almost before it started.

Volunteers from Royalton Woods retirement home stuffed more than 3,000 eggs with candy, with volunteers from North Royalton High School’s Key Club placing the eggs on the grass and playground during the North Royalton Kiwanis annual hunt March 29.

About 250 children then swarmed the playground and swing set areas to pick up the goodies.

Due to the demolition of the playground at Memorial Park, the hunt was moved to Royal View Elementary, which has its own playground, although quite a bit smaller.

Barry Ezell, the coordinator of the event for the North Royalton Kiwanis, said the club has done an egg hunt for over 30 years and he always has a good time.

“It’s very enjoyable, I like seeing smiles on the kids’ faces,” he said.

The hunt was supposed to be spread out with different ages going at different times, but the children, too excited to wait, all went out at the same time. Key Club members then scrambled to throw the remaining eggs not yet placed to the smaller children.

Those in attendance also got to visit with the Easter Bunny.

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