All over Bradford County Saturday, little hands reached down to scoop up Easter eggs as egg hunts were held outdoors in sunny but brisk, windy weather.

Children in Sayre, Towanda, and Monroeton carried bags, baskets, and buckets in their mad dash to pluck the blue, purple, green, and orange orbs from the ground.

"It was like a swarm of bees, like bees to honey," said Shane McGrath, one of the organizers of the egg hunt at the First Church of God of Sayre. They hope to make their first event an annual one.

"It was very good," said another organizer, Virginia Malone. "I think they're all happy."

Making the egg hunt a success was a real team effort. Others helping out included the pastor, Ed Reichman, JoAnn and Fred Bohlayer, Lori McGrath, and Mazie Lantz.

"I think the weather is perfect for an Easter Egg hunt, and the church did a great job of organizing it, and the kids are having a good time," said one parent, Carrie Carroll, who brought along her children.

In Towanda, the Towanda-Wysox Kiwanis held its annual community egg hunt at Memorial Park.

About 100 children showed up. Nearly 1,800 eggs were stuffed with candy and placed on the ground among towering pine trees. The sentinel-like tree trunks cast long shadows on the green grass below.

On the ground, the eggs lay amid pine cones, pine needles, and dandelions as the wind swayed the verdant tree branches. While the kids lined up to hunt the eggs, the Easter Bunny stood by, decked out in a bright bowtie.

Event coordinator Sue BenKinney Schwab thought the weather was great for the egg hunt, especially compared to years past.

"We've done this with snow on the ground."

"It's OK, a little chilly," said one mom, Felica Post of Towanda. "It was good, there were a lot of eggs."

And in Monroeton, the Monroe Hose Company also held its annual egg hunt at Mountaineer Park. The colorful eggs dotted the expansive lawns.

Event organizer and fire company secretary Louise Benditt was pleased with the weather as well.

"We've had snow before, so I'm not complaining."

She said there were 1,500 eggs for the kids to find.

As with the other two egg hunts, there were plenty of prizes for the winners in the various age groups.

And Benditt provided an interesting aside.

She noted that the high waters in September flooded the storage area where the eggs were kept.

So, they had to go egg shopping this year.

They bought about 1,000.

Now, that's what you call an egg-travagant purchase.

Eric Hrin can be reached at (570) 297-5251; email: