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Public invited to egg hunts

COVINGTON -- There are plenty of opportunities for the little ones to find Easter eggs this year, as local churches and Eastside High School are holding large community egg hunts.

The Church at Covington off Ga. Highway 142 in Oxford will have a hunt boasting 40,000 plastic, candy-filled eggs. The hunt will take place from 10 a.m. to noon April 3.

"Last year we did 20,000 and we wanted to double our efforts this year with 40,000," said Ben Wood, the pastor coordinating the event. "We believe eggs equal souls. Eggs are a way to get families out who want something free and something fun. Being here on the premises, they will experience the love of Jesus and experience a good, fun time and it will give them a sense of hope about life. At the same time, it's something the kids can enjoy."

In addition to the egg hunt, there will be inflatables, pony rides, covered wagon rides, tug-of-war, an egg toss, sack races and other games, crafts, a live DJ and dancing. The Easter Bunny will also make an appearance. Free cotton candy, snow cones and popcorn will be provided and there will be other food for sale.

The festivities will begin at 10 a.m. with the egg hunt to take place at 11:30 a.m. Following the hunt, a bike giveaway will take place.

The Church at Covington congregation has been preparing for the event for weeks. Families have been "adopting eggs," Wood said, carrying home a box of 200 plastic eggs, buying candy and filling them.

First Baptist Church of Covington is also getting in on the Easter fun, planning to drop 5,000 eggs from the sky for its Easter Egg Drop at Legion Field on Mill Street behind the YMCA at 1 p.m. April 3. The church will also give away bags of candy. The Easter Bunny will be in attendance.

Finally, Eastside High School's DECA club will hold its second annual Easter EGGstravaganza from noon to 2 p.m. April 3.

This event will include an egg hunt and activities for children 0 through grade 5 at the Eastside High School soccer field. The event is free and open to the public, and children must be accompanied by an adult chaperone.

Last year, the event reached more than 150 children with 2,000 eggs. This year the event will be bigger and offers a chance to win a giant Easter basket.

DECA is an organization of marketing students whose focus is to prepare for marketing, management and entrepreneurial careers through civic involvement, social intelligence, professional development and vocational understanding.

Check the Citizen's Community Calendar page on Sunday for more Easter events.

Staff Reporter Michelle Floyd and Staff Correspondent Beth Sexton contributed to this story.