Kids snare Easter eggs

Photo by Laura Williams

Photo by Laura Williams

ALBANY, Ga. -- Candy, crafts, music, games, more candy and a 5-foot-tall rabbit made the day for close to 300 children, their families and friends 10 a.m. Saturday in Tift Park.

Called the annual Easter Egg-stravaganza, the Albany Recreation and Parks Department sponsored morning let children enjoy themselves the weekend before Easter, meet the Easter Bunny and grab some candy.

"This is really nice to have go on the week before Easter," said Christina Brow, who was at the event with her daughter Breanna Scott, 3. "We have church next weekend so kids can go out and play today and not get their Easter clothes dirty."

The Egg-stravaganza has been a part of Albany for so long no one knows how long it has been going on, said Kristen Caso, recreation and parks spokeswoman. The children participating the candy-grab event range in age from 2 years old to 10.

"We put out about 3,000 (plastic) eggs with candy in them and bags with jelly beans, lollipops and other candy," Caso said. "We've separated the egg races into groups by age so the older kids won't run over the smaller children."

Tables in the park were crowded with children and adults making beaded crafts, getting temporary tattoos and just smiling in anticipation of running to grab some candy.

Placing the eggs with candy where children could get them was left to Precious Gems Motorcycle Club members and other volunteers.

Keisha Berkes, who uses the Precious Gems name Sapphire when she rides her 650 Hyosung GTR, said she loved being able to help at the event.

"These kids will have fun rounding up the eggs," Berkes said. "We (in the club) like to help at things like this."

The Egg-stravaganza was a first for Kolton Price, 9, his mother Jill Price said. He had a good time gathering candy.

"This is my first time here," the younger Price said as he carried a basket that looked full of jelly beans. "So far, this is a good Easter."