Four kindergarten classes -- 124 students in all -- made a mad dash for 1,488 candy-filled plastic eggs.
R.M. Miano Elementary School staff and parents put together an Easter egg hunt, which was really more of a race, March 22 for the 5- and 6-year-olds.
Parent volunteers spread the hundreds of plastic eggs across the school's largest field and unleashed the pupils upon them. The whole thing lasted less than 10 minutes.
March 22 was the last day of school before spring break. Sunday is Easter, a holiday with roots that reach back to spring equinox celebrations.
Chicken eggs are the traditional hidden treasure for Easter celebrations, and they make up about 3 percent of the farm commidity market in Merced County. The county produced more than 107 million dozen eggs in 2011 at a value of $85 million, according to a Department of Agriculture report.
About half of the state's contribution to the market comes from northern California with considerable egg production in Merced, San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Kern counties.