The prize drawings weren't the only surprises featured Friday at the first-ever Columbia Cross Roads Easter Egg Hunt.

The biggest eye-opener was reserved for event organizer Bonnie Borek. She was amazed by the huge attendance.

"I didn't expect it to be this big," she said.

People showed up in droves for the inaugural event, held at Bradley Hall.

Cara May, who was helping out, said attendance was "easily" 450.

And it appears that Borek has hatched a tradition.

Borek said she expects the hunt will be held again next year.

May noted that things were "still a little unorganized" since it was the first year. But that didn't spoil any of the fun.

"It's just wonderful," Borek commented. "I'm very, very happy with it."

One woman walking into Bradley Hall, where the Easter Bunny was available for photos, thanked Borek for putting it all together.

Several visitors remarked favorably on the event, which featured egg hunts for six age groups on the grounds of Bradley Hall. Borek said 3,000 eggs were placed outside for the children to find.

"It was awesome," said Misti Burdick of Gillett. "It was very nice, a very good turnout."

In addition to the egg hunt and the Easter Bunny, the event featured the Troy Volunteer Fire Department's fire truck and a Western Alliance Emergency Services ambulance.

Thad Dibble, a captain with the fire department, was showing the children different types of rescue equipment and letting them sit in the fire truck.

"It's a pretty good turnout," he said. He said there was "a lot of interest in the fire truck."

Skyler Castle, 8, of Alba, visited the fire truck and also enjoyed some ice cream sherbet. He collected 10 Easter eggs and seemed to be enjoying himself, despite experiencing an ice cream headache.

And there was much more.

A poster for the event noted that it also featured kid-related activities, face painting, "Bessie The Cow," Pinkie, the Pink Skidsteer, the Bradford County Dairy Princess and the Bradford County Dairy Board, and a drawing for one girls bike and one boys bike, donated by Ellen and Joey Foust.

May noted that the temporary tattoos were popular with the kids. In addition, she said the first 300 children who showed up received a stuffed animal.

Emily Hinkle, 3, who attended with her father, Jeff, from Lehigh County, won the girls bike and Jacek Schram of Alba, who was there with his mother, Jill, won the boys bike.

"It's crazy," Jeff said. "We didn't even know there was a give-away. We didn't expect it."

Carter Lambert, 7, of Columbia Township won a chocolate Easter Bunny, which he thought was "awesome."

He planned to eat it all.

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