Utter chaos will erupt when the announcer yells "go" as children dash out into the field to find the brightest of eggs and what takes days to prepare for will all be gone in a matter of minutes.
Portales Deputy Clerk Veda Urioste, joined by her dog Princess, stuffs the last few plastic eggs Thursday in preparation for the annual Easter egg hunt 2 p.m. today at the Portales Softball Complex. Urioste estimates about 3,000 plastic eggs were collected for the event.
At least that's what organizers of this year's area Easter egg hunts are predicting to happen.
Organizers in both Clovis and Portales said they have gathered thousands of eggs to prepare for the masses of children they expect to attend.
"I'm amazed at the speed at which they complete the process, they're like locusts," joked Claire Burroughes, legislative and community development director and organizer of the Clovis' Community Easter Egg Hunt. "It's all gone in a matter of seconds. They disappear quickly."
Burroughes said 10 different groups contributed to the 6,000 eggs she has collected. She added she's expecting at least 1,000 children to show today.
"I enjoy just the fun that they have and the laughter of it all," Burroughes said.
Joanne King, left, and Vicki Reyes, both of Clovis and employed by the city, place goodies inside plastic eggs Friday at City Hall. Some 6,000 eggs will be given away the annual Clovis Easter Egg Hunt starting at 9 a.m. today at the Guy Leeder softball complex on 14th Street.
Portales Deputy Clerk Veda Urioste said she loves the element of surprise on a child's face when they find Easter eggs.
Urioste said she's been collecting eggs since the end of February, nearly 3,000, to make sure every child who attends walks away with plenty.
"I love seeing the excitement on the kids' faces," Urioste said.
Urioste said Portales High School's National Honor Society will help hide the eggs today before the crowd of about 200 children gets to the Portales Softball Complex. Urioste added the Easter egg hunt is open to all Roosevelt County communities.
"There's some kids that don't get to have much of an Easter and we want to provide this for them," Urioste said.
Cannon Air Force Base will also hold an Easter egg hunt today at noon on base, open to military families and the public as long as they're accompanied by an airman.
"Kids of all ages are invited and there will be a special appearance by the Easter bunny," said Desiree Montenegro with Cannon's Public Affairs office.
Montenegro said there will be thousands of prize-filled eggs and the event, hosted by the base's community center, will feature an Easter egg hunts for adults as well with prizes.
She added there will also be an Easter egg decorating contest.
Clovis Community Easter Egg Hunt — 9 a.m.-noon. Guy Leeder Softball Complex in Clovis. Open to ages 0-11.
Cannon Air Force Base Easter Egg Hunt — Noon-2 p.m. Unity Park on base. Open to all military families and guests of airmen. Must be accompanied by an airman to get on base.
AMVets East Egg Hunt — 1 p.m. AMVets building in Clovis. Open to children ages 3-12.
Portales Easter Egg Hunt — 2 p.m. Portales Softball Complex. Open to ages 0-10.
Grace Baptist Church Easter Egg Hunt — 11 a.m. Grace Baptist Church in Portales. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be provided.
Wheatfields second annual Easter Eggstravaganza — 2-4 p.m. 4701 N. Prince in Clovis. Easter egg hunt, photos with the Easter bunny, food and prizes.