Hundreds of kids anxiously await the start of the Fathoms O’ Fun’s Easter Egg Hunt at South Kitsap Regional Park April 20. (Bob Smith | Kitsap Daily News)

Hundreds of kids anxiously await the start of the Fathoms O’ Fun’s Easter Egg Hunt at South Kitsap Regional Park April 20. (Bob Smith | Kitsap Daily News)

Egg-travaganza!

Easter Egg Hunt’s bounty was plentiful for kids by the hundreds

PORT ORCHARD — The impatient Easter egg hunters were poised, yet impatient, on this partly cloudy Saturday, ready to begin their scavage.

With the seconds slowly ticking by until noon when the red crossing tape would drop, these egg hunters — with ages in the single digits — had their empty baskets at the ready to collect those coveted brightly colored plastic orbs filled with chocolate treats.

“Three. Two. One. Go!”

The tape dropped and off went the inveterate hunters to collect the bounty that the generous Easter Bunny and his helpers had left behind by the thousands on the open spaces at South Kitsap Regional Park — as he has done for years around this time of year.

Between the ears: the Easter Bunny awaits the arrival of another young greeter. (Bob Smith | Kitsap Daily News)

Between the ears: the Easter Bunny awaits the arrival of another young greeter. (Bob Smith | Kitsap Daily News)

Annabelle Adams, 4, of Port Orchard was one of the hundreds of children who were part of the Fathoms O’ Fun Easter Egg Hunt. Annabelle proudly stuck her egg-filled basket under the reporter’s nose, who was able to confirm that, yes, there would be plenty of chocolate-y goodies at her house this weekend.

A couple of other children also were anxious to take home their collection of yummy eggs. Rosemarie Hill, 1 1/2, was mum about experiencing her first Easter egg hunt. Her fellow hunter from Port Orchard, 8-year-old Alison Otto, also elected not to share her inner thoughts about the “egg-spedition” but she did show off her very own captured egg for the camera.

Fathoms’ Easter Egg Hunt event chairwoman Sharron King said the turnout was on par with that of last year’s, with 570 kids signed up to participate in the South Kitsap traditional event.

And off they go! (Bob Smith | Kitsap Daily News)

And off they go! (Bob Smith | Kitsap Daily News)

The playfield at South Kitsap Regional Park becomes a scene of controlled mayhem at the start of the Fathoms’ Easter Egg Hunt April 20. (Bob Smith | Kitsap Daily News)

The playfield at South Kitsap Regional Park becomes a scene of controlled mayhem at the start of the Fathoms’ Easter Egg Hunt April 20. (Bob Smith | Kitsap Daily News)

Annabelle Adams, 4, shows off the bounty of her Easter egg hunt Saturday at South Kitsap Regional Park. (Bob Smith | Kitsap Daily News)

Annabelle Adams, 4, shows off the bounty of her Easter egg hunt Saturday at South Kitsap Regional Park. (Bob Smith | Kitsap Daily News)

Rosemarie Hill, 1 1/2, waves around an Easter egg she nabbed April 20 at South Kitsap Regional Park. (Bob Smith | Kitsap Daily News)

Rosemarie Hill, 1 1/2, waves around an Easter egg she nabbed April 20 at South Kitsap Regional Park. (Bob Smith | Kitsap Daily News)

Alison Otto, 8, filled her basket at the Fathoms O’ Fun Easter Egg Hunt April 20 at South Kitsap Regional Park. (Bob Smith | Kitsap Daily News)

Alison Otto, 8, filled her basket at the Fathoms O’ Fun Easter Egg Hunt April 20 at South Kitsap Regional Park. (Bob Smith | Kitsap Daily News)

Alison Otto, 8, filled her basket at the Fathoms O’ Fun Easter Egg Hunt April 20 at South Kitsap Regional Park. (Bob Smith | Kitsap Daily News)

A tiny one gives the Easter Bunny a quizzical glance before Dad takes a photo. (Bob Smith | Kitsap Daily News)

A tiny one gives the Easter Bunny a quizzical glance before Dad takes a photo. (Bob Smith | Kitsap Daily News)

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