City of Odessa Easter egg hunt brings close to 3000 participants


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Quinn Crealock snaps up an egg at the Davisburg Community Hall's first ever Easter Egg Hunt on April 15.

50 volunteers from Set Free Ministries and other churches helped make the event possible. In addition to assorted sweets and chocolates, the hunt featured a number of special eggs that were redeemed for larger prizes.

Brad Coman |A basketful of eggs is displayed by a Trinity Lutheran student Friday
Brad Coman |A basketful of eggs is displayed by a Trinity Lutheran student Friday

"I like that I get to see my sister enjoy it and I like getting candy and the eggs and stuff, "says Attendee Damien Woods". They brought three children to hunt for eggs, not to practise their faith but to enjoy family time.

Over at Oak Hammock Marsh, they are holding an Easter egg hunt that involves using GPS systems to track down the eggs in the marsh.

"If I didn't have my sunglasses on, i mean, just watching her do all that brings tears in my eyes, tears of joy", Joey Cabrera said. She's not too old to hunt for eggs herself.

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Organizers of the event say they hope to continue the Easter egg hunt for years to come.

At about 10:45 a.m., the crowd gathered around the field where hundreds of Easter eggs were still protected from the reach of children.

"The egg hunt was a lot of fun and it was cool that they had silver and golden eggs", she said.

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"I shove it in my sleeves, shove it in my shorts, shove as many as I can into my basket", said 12-year-old, Austin.

More than 600 children showed up to the event, celebrating the spirit of Easter in a community favorite venue.

It's not hard to make Easter egg hunting fun for kids, but the First Assembly of God Church on California Avenue added something a little bigger than an Easter bunny. "As parents of children with special needs, we are proud of having access and equality in this event that is important for our children". "He has so much fun".

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