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Over 150 kids turn up for community Easter egg hunt

April 21, 2019 GMT

A large crowd of parents and their kids braved chilly weather Saturday for the Aiken Egg-citing Easter Egg Hunt, held each year for the community.

The free hunt was held at Perry Memorial Park, just down the street from the Smith-Hazel Recreation Center at 400 Kershaw St. – where the community egg hunt was originally held for several years.

Linthia Perry, program coordinator with Smith-Hazel, said a decision to change the location of the hunt to the park was due to the scale of the event, and more space was needed.

The idea to have the hunt at Perry Memorial Park paid off as many more families came out to participate this year compared with previous years, Perry said.

“I think last year we only had around 50 kids show up to participate but this year there were like 150 or more,” Perry said. “We thought the cold weather would effect the attendance, but obviously it didn’t matter because this crowd is just wonderful to see. It’s always exciting to have the community come out and just really have a great time.”

Volunteers hid eggs filled with surprises all over Perry Park, but before the hunt began, all the kids were separated into different groups by age. Each group was then given different areas of the park to search for eggs.

The different age groups hunting for eggs was an idea that was put into effect at the Smith-Hazel Easter Egg Hunt a few years back due to the older, bigger kids taking all the eggs and leaving the younger children with nothing to find, Perry said.

Once all the kids were separated into their groups, they were all told which areas in which they were designated to hunt for eggs – and then they were off.

The parents were then all treated to a unique sight as over 100 children carrying Easter baskets sprinted across Perry Park all at once.

Jacoby Miller was at the egg hunt with his 7-year-old daughter, Selena. He said he couldn’t stop laughing while watching his daughter hunt for Easter eggs with an “intense focus” and picking them up as fast as she could, attempting to fill up her basket with as many eggs as it would fit.

“You would’ve thought a bag of $20 bills just broke open the way those kids were running around to get those eggs,” Miller said. “I’m telling you, my daughter was definitely ready to go, because as soon as those people released that huge group of kids to go get the eggs, she took off toward that field like I’ve never seen before. It was amazing.”

Mayor Rick Osbon was also present for the Egg-Citing Easter Egg Hunt, which he helped to sponsor this year, along with several other people and organizations around Aiken.

“It really was an exciting day for the kids with it being Easter weekend and everything,” Osbon said. “We really wanted to expand the event this year, making it bigger and more fun for the community.”

This year the Easter egg hunt added food with a local group volunteering their time to come cook and serve hot dogs. There were also different Easter-themed stations set up around the park, which included an egg-dyeing station where kids could come up and learn how to dye an egg a different color.

The other big addition to this year’s event was music, which was played to entertain the crowd during the event. Byron Bush, of Aiken, was the DJ for the event.

“It really is amazing to see how many residents brought their families out for this event, even though the weather was chilly, cloudy and windy,” Osbon said. “We really have such a great community with great people. All these residents didn’t let anything get in the way of them coming out here to the park to enjoy each other’s company and just have some fun.”