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Kids participate in Easter egg hunt

Mar. 23, 2013 @ 11:20 PM

SOUTH POINT, Ohio -- Leslie Lambert knows all about the annual Easter egg hunt in South Point.

"I was raised at the fire department," Lambert said Saturday. "I used to be the Easter Bunny."

On Saturday, she joined several hundred other parents who brought a youngster to the Eggapalooza at the old South Point High School football field. Her three-year-old son Matthew, accompanied her to the community Easter egg hunt sponsored by the South Point Volunteer Fire Department and Cross Community Church.

"This is our third year here," said Trent Carpenter, pastor at Cross Community Church. "It's grown every year. We have some 19,000 (plastic) Easter eggs out there."

Every egg has something in it, and 400 of them included a ticket for prizes, he said.

"We spent several weeks getting the eggs ready," Carpenter said. "There are a lot of people here with sore fingers right now. We do this for the community. We want to be here for the community. We try to do something at least once a month that hopefully shows God's love."

The hunters were broken down in three groups: 1-to-4-year-olds, 5-to-8-year-olds and 9-to-12-year-olds. In between the sessions, volunteer firefighters would restock the football field with more plastic eggs, said Mark Goodall, South Point fire chief. "Everyone should get an egg," he said.

Ashley Bloomfield of South Point brought her four-year-old daughter Shalyn to the Easter egg hunt. "It's the first time she's ever done anything like this."

Natalie Osburn of Huntington brought her son, Sawyer, 3, down for the hunt. "It sounded like it would be a good time," she said.

Aryie Staley said her son collected nearly 100 plastic eggs. Two of them held tickets for prizes. Her son Bryelin Huffman, didn't get one of the bicycles, but he did get a small, plastic chair and a Shark Spray Pool game.

"We've been coming for five years," she said. "This is our third year at the football field. It gets bigger and better every hear. It's fun. It's really fun. The kids really look forward to it."

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