October 21, 2020

Local children enjoy 19th Community Egg Hunt

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(Franklin) — A large number of Heard County children enjoyed this year’s Community Easter Egg Hunt Saturday at Brush Creek Park.

The annual event sponsored by Sheriff Ross Henry and the Heard County Sheriff’s Department is a county tradition started by Sheriff Henry in 1998.

This year’s noon egg hunt looked to be in jeopardy due to potential rains but the forecast changed dramatically early Saturday and the weather turned out to be ideal.

Although there have been a couple of close calls, the event has never been cancelled before for any reason.

“We had started a Halloween Carnival and it was gone so at the first of the following year we decided to do a little egg hunt for the kids on Easter,” says Sheriff Henry.

“It started out small with just 50-60 kids and then grew from there — I think the biggest hunt we did had about 400 kids.”

As usual the 19th annual Egg Hunt featured a special celebrity guest, the Easter Bunny himself.

The Easter Bunny is always a huge hit especially with the very small children.

After Sheriff Henry signaled the start of the hunt, the throngs of children flooded the hunting area at the park in search of over 5,000 plastic eggs, candy eggs, and most importantly the prize eggs.

“I would like to give a special thanks to Brush Creek park manager, Steve Lane, Chairman Lee Boone, and Chief Kevin Hannah for their help this year,” said Sheriff Henry after the hunt.

“I also want to thank all those who donated eggs, candy and money towards this yearly event and especially all of our employees who work so hard every year to bring this event together.”

Parents were very appreciative of the free community event for their children.

“We had a wonderful time! Special thanks to the Heard County Sheriff’s dept for doing this for our community,” said Andrea King who attended the event with her family.

 

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