Easter egg hunts take shape across Bartow
by Marie Nesmith
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Easter Egg Hunts
Kisha Rowland, administrative assistant for the Euharlee Police Department, prepares Easter baskets for the Euharlee Easter Egg Hunt Saturday. Some of the hidden eggs will allow the finder to win one of the baskets. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News
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With the Euharlee Easter Egg Hunt around the corner, organizers are busily filling plastic eggs with goodies for children up to 11 years old.

Previously established by the Covered Bridge Players, of which Sgt. David Duncan was a member, the event now is being presented by the Euharlee Police Department under the guidance of Chief Terry Harget.

“We enjoy [organizing this because] it’s all for the kids. So it’s to have a safe place for the kids to come have fun together. It’s a wonderful moment,” said Euharlee Police Department Administrative Assistant Kisha Rowland, referring to the start of each egg hunt. “And it is a moment that you plan for for a while so that it’s great for them. ... So for all that planning, it literally is over in two seconds for those kids. As soon as you say one, two, three go, they are gone and all the Easter eggs are up in two seconds.

“We have three different age groups ... 0 to 3, 4 to 7 and 8 to 11. Each one of the age groups, we have a tremendous amount of eggs that have been donated ... that are filled — some filled with money, some filled with gift cards, like to Chick-fil-A [and] CiCi’s Pizza. And then we have some that are prize eggs and inside those eggs is how you will know if you won one of the big prizes, like one of the bicycles. We give four bicycles away in each age group. Two of those are donated from Wal-Mart and then with the other funds from our other donators in the community we bought the remaining 10 bicycles.”

Free and open to the public, the event will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Frankie Harris Park, 175 Covered Bridge Road in Euharlee. Along with the egg hunt, the offering also will feature various children’s activities, such as face painting and inflatable bounce houses. With last year’s event drawing 1,200 youth, Rowland expects about 1,500 participants to attend Saturday’s egg hunt.

Further details can be obtained by calling the Euharlee Police Department at 770-386-7339.

This is one of many egg hunts that will be scattered across Bartow prior to Easter on April 20. Like the Euharlee event, CrossPoint City Church’s Cartersville Egg Drop and Priscilla Mays’ Easter egg hunt have become staples for many Bartow families, drawing thousands of children annually.

Created more than 25 years ago as an activity for her nephews, Mays’ egg hunt has transformed from a family activity to a community offering.

Starting at 2 p.m. on Saturday, the event at 84 Mays Road N.E. in Cartersville will include a hunt, goodie bags and grilled hot dogs, chips and drinks.

“It started out with two, three kids and I have got up to like 1,000 people to attend,” Mays said. “... Anybody that wants to come is more than welcome. ... I think they’ll be amazed if it’s their first time attending. Even the adults have fun just watching the kids.”

While the offering is free, Mays encourages participants to donate $1 to help cover expenses. To obtain additional details or to make a financial contribution, call Mays at 678-549-3762.

Billed as an “Easter egg hunt with a twist,” the CrossPoint City Church’s Cartersville Egg Drop is one of the largest egg hunts in the county, with a total of about 60,000 eggs available.The seventh annual free event will be presented April 19 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Dellinger Park, 100 Pine Grove Road.

“We want our community to know that we love them regardless,” said Egg Drop Coordinator Amanda Griffin, referring to CrossPoint City Church, 245 S. Tennessee St., Cartersville. “We’re here for them. Our doors are always open.

“We added a new 5 o’clock service in the evening to reach people who can’t make it to church in the morning regardless of whatever their Saturday night was or if they’re working. So it’s just something that James [Griffin], our pastor, always pushes — to serve and love our community.”

Beginning with a 10 a.m. delivery for special needs children, a helicopter will release plastic eggs at various times throughout the event. After being divided into age groups on three fields, youth up to 12 will retrieve the eggs, then exchange them for candy.

“[The children’s] faces just light up,” Griffin said. “The Easter bunny is actually in the helicopter waving down at the kids. So I think that just puts a little bit of extra excitement in it for them.

“... Last year was our very first one with the special needs kids. We were hoping for 25 and we had 79. I don’t think that there was a dry eye on that field when those kids ran out to pick up their eggs just because you just see the pure joy in their eyes.”

While the event and registration will start at 9 a.m., adults are encouraged to sign up their children in advance by visiting www.theeggdrop.com. The event also will feature music, visits with the Easter Bunny, face painting, food for purchase, inflatable bounce houses donated from Everything’s a Party and games. Meals — barbecue sandwich, chips and soda or water — will be available for $5. Proceeds will go toward funding scholarships for CrossPoint City Church’s youth to attend mission trips or summer camp.

For more information about egg hunts and other Easter-related activities, see upcoming editions of The Daily Tribune News’ Thursday Family & Living page.

— The Daily Tribune News Reporter Mark Andrews contributed to this article.