Scenes from the 2017 Lucky Egg Hunt

Thousands of plastic eggs were arrayed across Irwin Park on Saturday morning for the 40th annual Lucky Egg Hunt, and Homewood-Flossmoor Park District staff knew they wouldn't be there long.

"It takes us two hours to spread them out, and they'll be gone in about a minute," said Joe DeCicco, a recreation supervisor with the district. "This is one of my favorite events."

The district deployed about 6,000 eggs this year, 2,000 more than last year, and as he predicted, they were scooped up by eager children in not much more than a minute. 

As always, there were "lucky" eggs, those marked with special stickers that could be redeemed for a prize. 

Following the egg hunt for children there was one for canine friends. The Lucky Dog Egg Hunt also included special eggs that could be redeemed for prizes.

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