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Over 60,000 eggs to hunt, other fun festivities

The forecast is perfect for the Easter Bunny Saturday when children can hunt more than 60,000 eggs at the Great Easter Bash at Charlie Daniel's Park in Mt. Juliet.

This popular event draws thousands of kiddos and their parents and offers two hunts this Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. In between these special hunts are a myriad of activities, according host Friendship Community Church Connections Pastor Lisa Miller-Rich.

"We've had about 50 people stuffing plastic eggs with candy," she said. "And, this year we are doing something a little differently. Some of the eggs will have encouraging words or Scriptures, and we hope the parents will take time to simply sit down with their children and talk about things if they happen to get some of these eggs. It's going to be great fun!"

The hunts will be across two football fields in the park, along with 20 inflatables, face painting, pony rides, a trackless train and more.

Another new addition to the event are a variety of food trucks for those in attendance who get hungry.

"Of course we will have free popcorn and water," Miller-Rich said. "But, it will be nice to have some great food fare, too, available."

Those who want some good food will have to pay for that, she said.

Each scheduled hunt time has four different appropriate "egg hunting fields." The age groups are ages 2 and under; 3-5; kindergarten-2nd grade and 3rd-5th grade.

There will be Bible characters roaming the event as well and a balloon artist.

Parishioners paid for the activities.

"It's our gift to the community. It's our shining light and no strings attached. It's all about love," Miller-Rich said.

The church currently meets at Elzie Patton Elementary School, but they recently closed on a "strip mall" property near the county line they plan to turn into a "ministry mall."

Last year the Bash coincided with a week of "kind acts" the church performed in the community. However, this year, that special week is held for Salvation September.

"In September, we have 30 projects planned," she said. "It got a little hectic planning the Bash, along with our other outreach week."

Additionally, this Tuesday the church hosted an egg hunt for special needs children. More than 80 families, plus siblings, took part in the four age-appropriate hunts.

Miller-Rich said one hunt was specifically for visually-impaired children and the eggs "made noises" so they could retrieve them. In the parking lot there was a special egg hunt for those children confined to wheelchairs where they were given special rods with magnets to pick up eggs with metal attachments.

There were more 1,000 eggs hunted Tuesday. It had been scheduled earlier, but it was rained out. There was also a petting zoo, face painting and carnival games.

One parent expressed it was the first time her child "was able to jump in a bouncy." This year the special needs hunt had no chronological age categories.

Writer Laurie Everett can be contacted at laurieeverett1@gmail.com.

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