Behind the scenes of the city egg hunt
Each year, family and friends line the fields, rooting for their little ones to snatch up eggs for their baskets at the city’s annual Eggstravaganza. We caught up with Erin Ruyle, Georgetown Parks and Recreation’s marketing and special events coordinator, for the 411 on what it takes to plan and execute this yearly egg hunt.
Tell me a little about the Eggstravaganza.
It’s an annual event for children ten and younger. It’s broken into five different age groups—ages two and under, three to four, five to six, seven to eight, and nine to ten—and each group is assigned its own softball field at the McMaster Athletic Complex. We’ll blow the air horn at 9:00 a.m., and then it’s over pretty fast; typically, all the eggs are gone after about five minutes. We’ve got one prize egg for each field, so that’s what they’re really after.
What’s in the prize egg?
The prize egg will have a slip of paper in it redeemable for the age group’s prize basket. This year, as well as last year, Primrose School of Georgetown donated the prize baskets. They’re handmade with little goodies that are relevant to each age group—candy, coloring books, stuffed animals, movie tickets. They try to make the baskets gender-neutral, because we never know who’s going to get the prize egg.
How many kids usually turn out to these events?
It’s getting bigger every year, but I’d say we usually have several hundred. It’s a free event, so we’ll get people not just from Georgetown but also from Round Rock, Austin, and some of the smaller surrounding communities.
How do you calculate the number of eggs to put out each year?
I usually order an extra thousand eggs each year to accommodate growth. This year we’ll have about 12,000 candy eggs.
Are they all plastic eggs filled with candy, or are some hardboiled?
They’re all filled. Some are filled with toys; some are filled with candy; and then we also put out some wrapped candy as well.
Who hides them?
They’re not really hidden, per se. Each age group has its own softball field, and the Georgetown Parks and Recreation Department uses a golf cart to spread them out.
Do parents need to RSVP for their kids?
Nope, they just show up. We ask them to arrive by 8:45 so that they can get lined up around their respective field.
For more information on this “egg-cellent” event, visit parks.georgetown.org/citywide-special-events.