Cars streamed onto the John Jay Homestead lawn starting at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday morning, emptying their passengers who were ready for the 2012 Spring Egg Hunt, sponsored by Bedford's recreation and parks department.
Hundreds of local children enjoyed the warm-up act, Magician David Levitan, laughing their way through his performance. On cue, they lined up in their assigned age group area (2-5, 6-7 and 8-10) and waited for the horn to blow.
Then they sped across the front and side lawns of the John Jay Homestead Tuesday morning, scooping up 8,000 plastic candy-filled eggs in under two minutes.
"It is the kind of event that if you are not in a spot by the time the horn blows, you might not get any eggs—the fields look filled with eggs, but they go fast," said Kimberly O'Brien, senior recreation leader.
Kids gathered quickly, some opening plastic colored eggs filled with candy, others trading in "golden eggs" for gift certificates supplied by local merchants like , and Katonah's restaurant sponsored the magician, who performed again after the egg hunt.
The "Spring Bunny" came to visit and posed for pictures with kids.
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