Hundreds of brightly colored, plastic Easter eggs lay across the grass field at the Desert Empire Fairgrounds on Saturday morning. Eager children lined the East and West edges of the field, pushing against the rope barrier, waiting for the countdown.

3, 2, 1 ... the ropes lifted and plumes of dust rose as children scrambled to snag as many eggs as possible, followed by parents chasing behind them trying to snap as many memorable photos as possible. Within minutes, nothing was left on the field other than broken shells of plastic eggs crushed under hurried little feet. Volunteers cleared the field, scattered a new batch of eggs across the field, and set up for the next age group's egg hunt.

This was the RCA Church's sixth annual Easter Egg Hunt, and they have it down to clockwork by now. The first egg hunt started at 9:30 a.m. with the 0-to-2-year-old age group, most of whom were carried onto the field by parents and heavily assisted in their egg hunt endeavors. Following that, every 15 minutes started the next age group's egg hunt. The age categories were 0 to 2, 3 to 4, 5 to 6, 7 to 9, and 10 to 12, as well as a separate field specifically for children with special needs to have their own space.

After each age group's egg hunt and very necessary field clean up, RCA Church volunteers walked across the field releasing five-gallon garbage bags filled with plastic Easter eggs, then did their best to spread the eggs evenly across the field.

During the event's down time as the volunteers set up the next hunt, RCA Church MCs kept the crowd in high spirits through music, commentary, and impromptu dance offs when any kids wondered onto the stage.

The Easter Egg Hunt wasn't the only diversion available for attendees on Saturday. RCA Church also setup an activities area with inflatable bounce houses, a climbing wall, and carnival events.

On the other side of the Fairgrounds, hungry folk could grab a bite to eat from multiple food booths. One booth even featured the Child Evangelism Fellowship who spoke to kids about the gospel.

The sixth annual RCA Church Easter Egg Hunt put a smile on everyone's face, and made Easter weekend a memorable time for the children of Ridgecrest.