While their main events will be over in a flash, Easter egg hunts across Bartow will create long-lasting memories for thousands of families. Along with area churches, the spring staples’ locales …
While their main events will be over in a flash, Easter egg hunts across Bartow will create long-lasting memories for thousands of families. Along with area churches, the spring staples’ locales will be varied, including a city park, sporting complex, residential yard and luxury resort.
For Cartersville resident Priscilla Mays, hosting a community egg hunt has turned into a labor of love. Initially tailored for her nephews more than 30 years ago, her event on Saturday will kick off numerous events through April 20.
“My nephews were small, and I wanted to do something for them,” Mays said. “Then after my nephews got involved, a few cousins [joined]. Then it just [grew] from there over the years.
“… [I have enjoyed] getting the community together,” she said, adding among repeat attendees are previous participants who now are bringing their youngsters to the event. “Over the last couple of years, probably about  or 400 [people attended annually], but I have [gotten] up to over 1,000. A lot of times the parents will say they don’t have to worry about their kids when they come here because my whole family gets involved, from my granddaughter to my cousins and friends.”
Beginning at 2 p.m., the event at 84 Mays Road N.E. will include a hunt with at least 20,000 eggs, visit from the Easter bunny, goodie bags, grilled hot dogs, chips and drinks.
While the gathering is complimentary, she encourages participants to donate $1 to help cover expenses. For more information, call Mays at 678-549-3762.
Following her event, some of the other offerings will include Euharlee Egg Hunt — April 20, activities start at 10 a.m. with the hunt set for 11 a.m., at Joe Cowan Park, 100 Euharlee Five Forks Road, free, geared to children 11 and younger, 770-607-2017 and Facebook.com/EuharleeGA; LakePoint EggFest presented by LakePoint Sporting Community and area churches — April 20, 2 p.m., at LakePoint’s soccer fields, 755 Highway 293 in Emerson, free, 40,000 eggs and games, www.lakepointeggfest.com; and Glow-in-the-dark Easter Adventure — April 20 from 8 to 10:30 p.m., free for resort members and guests, at Barnsley Resort, 597 Barnsley Gardens Road in Adairsville, www.barnsleyresort.com.
“I believe that the originators of the [Euharlee] Egg Hunt were the Covered Bridge Players, which was an organization that used to put on events and do different types of … philanthropic endeavors in Euharlee,” said Katie Gobbi, director of the Euharlee Welcome Center & History Museum. “Then eventually, it became a police department event. I think some police officers were also involved in the Covered Bridge Players, and that might be how it transferred to the police.
“… The new special events steering committee that the city council established last fall — they really have taken [the egg hunt] and run with it this year. Just like a lot of our other events, like the fall festival [and] some of the camps we’ve done in the past, we like to provide fun, family events for our community. We really like to be able to make things accessible for all children, no matter what your income level is, no matter what your background is.”
Along with seeing other children excitedly take part in the activities, Gobbi delighted in watching her now almost 3-year-old son experience the hunt last year.
“It’s so fun to see these kids light up and get to go run and pick up all those eggs,” she said. “We lay eggs out into a field. It’s not a hunt where you’re actually having to go look different places for it. To see how excited the kids get — it doesn’t even matter what’s inside of the eggs, just the fact that they’re out there with their family and with their friends doing this every year.
“… It’s just really rewarding seeing [hundreds of] kids out there picking up eggs and having the time of their life. … There’s lots of shrieks and giggles and just a lot of excitement.”
For more information about egg hunts and other Easter-related activities in Bartow, see upcoming editions of The Daily Tribune News' church calendar.