Despite temperatures in the low 40s, hundreds of children came to see how many eggs they could collect at the Concord High Football stadium March 28.
The hunts were broken into five age groups lasting 30 minutes each, giving each child a chance to gather as many of the 15,000 eggs that his or her basket could hold. About 900 children joined in the event.
Chandler Troutman, 17 months, of Concord, seemed to have the right idea as he stepped onto the field of eggs with the first age group, 0-18 months.
He found a large pile of eggs, sat down among them and started tossing them into his basket. It wasn’t long before it was full and Chandler was throwing the extras at the balloon that was tied to his basket.
Lacie’Ana Coley, 2, from Mount Pleasant, was more selective as she hunted with the second age group, 18 months to 3 years. Wearing a yellow baby chick hair clip to match the one on her shirt, which had Expert Egg Hunter printed on it, Lacie’Ana walked among the eggs looking for just the right color combinations.
She was so intent on getting the right colors she didn’t realize that many of her eggs were falling off the top of her basket, behind her, as she walked with her eyes glued on the next egg ahead of her.
The children were hunting March 26 at what was billed as the county’s largest Easter egg hunt, an effort by seven churches to help local charities while spreading awareness of why they celebrate Easter.
The plastic eggs were exchanged for a small bag of candy after each hunt, sending the volunteers back to the field to spread them out for the next group.
Pastor Corey Alley, of Mission 217 Church in Kannapolis, said that this was the third year his church has organized the egg hunt. The first two years, the church held the hunt at Village Park in Kannapolis, but because so many churches from Concord joined this year, they moved to the Concord High football stadium.
One hundred volunteers from Mission 217 Church, River Rock Church, Disciples of Christ Spanish Church, Poplar Grove Church, Eva Drive Baptist Church, Charity Baptist Church and Gethsemane Baptist Church worked to make the day special for all the children.
“We wanted to make it more of a festival event this year, adding three bounce houses and several food vendors,” said Alley. “All the vendors are donating 15 percent of their proceeds, which will go to CVAN, My Father’s House, Royal Oaks Elementary and Rogers Park Elementary,” he said.
The hunt raised $500 from vendors and donations. Each participant was asked to bring two canned food items to help restock the local food pantries. The 1,800 cans of food were donated to food pantries at Cooperative Christian Ministry and the Baptist Sharing House.
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