Easter hunt is Saturday for community

Published: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 2:05 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 2:05 p.m.

The Easter Bunny's helpers will be busy Friday night coloring 3,000 real eggs to be hidden for children and teens to find at the annual Easter Egg Hunt, a family affair featuring prizes, food and activities. And children — don't forget to bring a basket for your eggs.



What: Annual Easter Egg Hunt.
When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Cone Park, 2841 E. University Ave.
Information: Call 352-374-3670.

The event will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Cone Park at 2841 E. University Ave. It is a collaborative effort among Brothers in Action, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., Gainesville Fire Rescue, Gainesville Police Department and other area law enforcement agencies.

"This will be a fun-filled family event," said Darry Lloyd, event organizer, president of Phi Beta Sigma and a criminal investigator with the 8th Judicial Circuit Office of State Attorney.

The Easter Bunny will make an appearance and there will be golden eggs and prizes for children. There will also be hamburgers, hot dogs and other refreshments provided free of charge.

Lloyd said on Friday, fraternity brothers, firefighters and other volunteers will gather at the fire department to boil and color 3,000 eggs to be hidden and ready for the nearly 250 children expected to attend the egg hunt. Featured also will be horseback rides, bounce houses, relay races, games, track-and-field activities, a fire-realted challenge for teens and other events.

Eggs will be hidden in various areas at Cone Park to accommodate the child's age difference. Lloyd said there will be three egg-hunting categories: Ages birth-4, 5-9, and 10 and older.

"Everyone is invited," said Lloyd, adding that this will be the Easter Egg Hunt's third year at Cone Park. In the past, it was held at T.B. McPherson Recreation Center, but Lloyd said Cone Park provides opportunities for more activities because of wide-open spaces, the track and its location on E. University Avenue, which makes it more accessible to children and families.

Lloyd reminisced about growing up and enjoying Eater egg hunts with friends and family.

"We seem to have gotten away from that traditiion," said Lloyd. "We want to give kids an opportunity to enjoy what we enjoyed. Easter egg hunts are one of the events we look forward to each year."

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