Easter egg hunts to attract thousands
by Marie Nesmith
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Easter Egg Hunts
There were plenty of eggs to be picked up last year at the annual Priscilla Mays Easter egg hunt. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News, File
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Drawing thousands of children each year between them, West Ridge Church’s Cartersville Egg Drop and Priscilla Mays’ Easter egg hunt have become springtime staples for many Bartow families.

Billed as an “Easter egg hunt with a twist,” the Egg Drop is one of the largest egg hunts in the county, with the event expecting to welcome about 4,000 people. The sixth annual free event will get under way Saturday at Dellinger Park, 100 Pine Grove Road.

“[The purpose of the event] is really just to show our community that we love them and that Jesus loves them and that we’re here for them,” said Egg Drop Coordinator Amanda Griffin. “So that’s really why we do it.”

Beginning with an 11 a.m. delivery for special needs children, a helicopter will release plastic eggs at various times throughout the event.

With a total of about 40,000 eggs available, the children will be divided into age groups on four fields. After retrieving the eggs, youth ages 2 through 12 will exchange them for candy.

While the event and registration will start at 10 a.m., adults are encouraged to sign up their children in advance by visiting www.theeggdrop.com.

“It’s exciting,” Griffin said about the egg release and hunt. “The kids are just in awe. When the helicopter flies over, the Easter bunny is in the helicopter. He’s waving down and then they just drop the eggs and usually the kids start cheering at that point.

“Then we count them down once the helicopter gets in a safe area and they just run out there and grab their eggs. Then [they] … bring them back for candy and then they can go enjoy the free bounce houses. And we have little door prize-type things that we’re giving away with trivia questions and that kind of stuff this year,” she said, adding food also will be available at the event.

As West Ridge Church is busy putting the finishing touches on Saturday’s Egg Drop, Mays also has her sights on providing a joyful experience for the county’s youth. Set for March 23, her community egg hunt will be held at 84 Mays Road in Cartersville.

Started more than 20 years ago as an activity for her nephews, the egg hunt has grown over the past two decades.

“I just started doing it and every year it’s just expanded,” Mays said. “It’s basically just word of mouth. I’ve had up to over 1,000 people attend.

“[I enjoy] seeing the smiles on the kids’ faces. It just takes you back to when you were a child, the Easter egg hunts we used to have when we were small. It’s more on that level, I think.”

Starting at 2 p.m., the hunt will feature about 60,000 plastic eggs filled with candy and prizes and 50 dozen hard-boiled eggs. The event also will include goodie bags and grilled hot dogs, chips and drinks.

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.

For more information on Easter-related activities throughout the county, view upcoming editions of The Daily Tribune News, especially the Family & Living page on Thursdays.