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Hundreds of brightly colored eggs were in for a rude awakening on Holy Saturday as they lay quietly in the soft spring grass of the Edward Douglass White Knights of Columbus Council home in Arlington. Little did they know that more than 200 pairs of eyes were watching them eagerly.

A small army of children ranging in age from infants and toddlers to elementary school, circled the egg-sprinkled fields armed with baskets and Lenten-starved appetites. With great anticipation, they waited for Grand Knight Christopher Bannon to release them for the annual Easter egg hunt. 

At high noon the signal sounded and in what is known as the fastest five minutes ever, 1,800 eggs were scooped up and liberated of their contents. Some children were greeted with jelly beans, while others found carnival tickets. Ticket-finders were invited to the council home to spin a wheel for a special prize. 

The annual event, open to everyone, is a tradition loved by both grown-ups and children. 

Christa Wood has been coming to the Easter egg hunt since she was 5 and now brings her children.

“This event brings everyone together,” said Wood. “It keeps the community strong.” 

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