Blooming Prairie community gathers for annual Easter Egg Hunt Saturday

Miranda GreerApr 20, 2017

For many, the hardest part of an Easter egg hunt is finding eggs in hiding places, but for these kids, it doesn't matter where you hide them.

The event began with a breakfast catered by Fatty's Catering Group of DeKalb and photos with the Easter Bunny in the Hopkins Park Terrace Room, and continued with the annual Easter Egg Hunt on the park grounds.

Christopher Hallmark, special events coordinator for Odessa, said he wasn't exactly sure for how long the Easter egg hunts had been running, but was very familiar with it.

Tens of thousands of candy-filled Easter eggs were spread across the field from a hovering helicopter for the Love of Easter Egg Drop event.

Free for All - The Easter Bunny tosses colourful eggs into the park during the annual Crystal Shores egg hunt on April 15.

A blanket of colorful chocolate eggs covered the grass field of Roosevelt Park on Saturday as children and adults excitedly joined the Easter weekend event.

The brothers agreed the Kennedy Park egg hunt is the best one they have been to this year. "Eggies!" Luka said, shovelling plastic eggs into a bucket with all his energy. In addition to assorted sweets and chocolates, the hunt featured a number of special eggs that were redeemed for larger prizes.

"The real message of Easter is that Jesus came", said Pastor Michael Laird, the children's pastor at Emmanuel.

The event is funded through local businesses and donations to Renew Queens, and Bazacas said that he is always looking to get more community members involved. There are two hunts, one at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. "I was right in the middle of it and all of them were just around me".

Santiago Ortiz, 2, was having too much fun as his mom, Becky Ovalle, of Odessa, could attest.

"Kids get to get out and exercise instead of playing video games", she said. "So it's fun and she gets to be a part of that".

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