By Lillian Bowe
Sprinkles of rain and chilly 55 degrees couldn’t stop Zach Williams, 7, from getting a basket full of eggs Saturday at the Fifth Annual Easter Egg hunt at the Softball Complex.
“I just wanted to get the eggs,” Williams said, smiling and dressed in a poncho to stay dry.
Deputy City Clerk Veda Urioste, a member of the Portales Cultural Affairs Committee, said the turn out was good despite the weather and it did not hurt the enthusiasm of the children.
“I am very glad it did not start to rain hard until after the hunt was over,” Urioste said.
It was Xzavien Viscaino’s first Easter Egg hunt. He gripped his basket tight while searching for eggs. Xzavien’s mother, Jenalee, said he has been ready for the hunt.
“We had training sessions for him. We hid eggs all over our living room and helped him find the eggs, so then he would know what to do today,” Viscaino said.
The Casanova children, Grace, 8, Landon, 7, and Alex, 10, may not have been dressed for the turn in weather — it was warm when they left their house — but they bounced up and down in anticipation of getting as many eggs as possible.
“I like hunting for eggs, but I am ready to see the Easter bunny,” Landon said.
Grace agreed, though she was planning on building a trap for the illusive bunny, enticing him with carrots.
“I want to meet and see him,” Grace said.
The Los Reyes Car Club donated more than 600 eggs to the hunt and also had volunteers at the hunt helping with hiding eggs and getting the children at the right field.
“We love our town and really want to show the kids that there are really fun things to do in this town. We just wanted to help out as much as we could,” said Tony Flores, club president.
John DeSha, city public works director, also donated 800 eggs. Some of the volunteers who put out the eggs were the Portales High School National Honor Society Club.
City Clerk Joan Martinez-Terry said they had boxes full of donated eggs for the children.
“The amount of eggs was overwhelming and I am happy with the turn out of kids despite the cold rainy weather,” Martinez-Terry said.