“[My favorite part is to] watch the kids when we say ‘go,’” said Harget. “This is all for the kids; this is a family event. We don’t want the police department ... to take the credit. We just want this to be an overall exciting moment for the community.”
Children were divided into three age groups. They raced to gather their share of 10,000 Easter eggs which were donated, stuffed and hidden by the Euharlee Police Department, along with three local churches and volunteers. According to Sgt. David Duncan, it only took 18 seconds for all 10,000 eggs to be picked up. One second longer than last year.
The excitement continued as children emptied their eggs, filled with a variety of goodies including candy, key chains and money. Fifteen prize eggs were distributed among the age groups. Inside the prize eggs were tickets that could be redeemed for a bicycle.
“[The bicycles], those are seized or found property. Bicycles that the city council and the mayor okayed for us,” said Harget. “The courts gave the bikes to the city and we’re giving them away to the kids today, which is fantastic.
“[We hope to gain] interaction with the community and just peace and love with everybody. It’s all to give back to the community.”
The officers cleaned the bicycles and rebuilt any in need of repair, to make them like new. One attendee compared the officer’s work with the bicycles to the work they do for the community; they clean up.
According to Harget, 10,000 people were anticipated to attend. The free event featured face painting, pictures with the Easter Bunny, popcorn and more than 800 hot dogs, donated by a local church.
“We’ve probably done it about 15, 16 years,” said Duncan. “It used to be put on by the Covered Bridge Players but last year, the police department started being in charge of it.”
Duncan said members of the Covered Bridge Players continue to be involved in the event. The New Corinth Missionary Church, Community Wesleyan Church and Euharlee Baptist Church also helped make the event possible.
“Everybody sees what goes on in Cartersville or what goes on in some of the bigger cities, but remember what goes on in some of the smaller cities ...,” said Harget.
“Anybody that would like to donate a bicycle for next year, new or used, we’d appreciate it. The more bicycles, the more fun we could have and give away. Starting tomorrow, any donations [are welcome]. Contact the police department.”