Operation Easter proves to be an eggs-cellent time

Posted April 18, 2017

An estimated 500 people attended the annual Fremont County Search and Rescue and St. Anthony EMS Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday at the baseball fields. She eagerly volunteered for it.

More than 100 kids in Unicoi Co. spent this afternoon hunting for Easter eggs and having an old fashion good time. "Music and games, being a part of something with everybody coming together", Johnson said.

Evelyn Casstevens, 3, shows off her find at an Easter egg hunt organized by Salem Baptist Church on Saturday.

The big event was the egg hunt, but there were other fun things to do like dying eggs the old fashion way, sack races and even getting the chance to meet the Easter Bunny and have a picture made with him. Making sure the focus of Resurrection Sunday didn't get lost behind Easter eggs. "Do you know I used to go hunt for Easter eggs?" They had lots of fun and they were so excited to come down here for this. "They were up at 6:30". And while the hunt is the main event, children could enjoy other activities as well.

Chocolate was the word on everyone's lips when crowds of parents and children gathered for the inaugural giant Easter Egg Hunt in The Square.

Organizers of the event say they hope to continue the Easter egg hunt for years to come. Secrest then had the dozens of children line up for the final-seconds countdown. "The Bridge is about helping people to cross over that bridge to get from that place in their lives they no longer want to be to a better place in Christ".

Some of the children ran with their baskets.

In New Baltimore, kids in preschool through sixth grade hopped over to First Baptist Church on Washington Street to hunt for Easter eggs on April 8.

They found the Golden Eggs and won gift bags: From left, Colin Bess, 5; Adaline Claire, 10 months.; and Lana Alvarado, 7.

"It's great. It's wonderful".

Putting this event on was a true community effort. The festivities were held at Newland's Rock Gym, with numerous events like the egg hunt being held in the grass outside.

In all, more than 2,000 eggs, containing candy or treats, were distributed.

In Salem, the annual event is sponsored by the Salem Lions Club.