Aquatic egg hunters pack Tupelo’s pool

By Danza Johnson/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Whether on land or in water, an egg hunt is a fun event for children.
Tupelo Parks and Recreation held its second annual underwater Easter egg hunt at the city pool on Joyner Avenue on Saturday, and dozens of children from ages 2 to 12 participated.
Plastic eggs of all colors floated as children stood poolside, coming up with perfect strategies to corral them into their buckets.
Twelve-year-old James Martin of Tupelo considers himself a good swimmer and a good egg hunter but didn’t know what to expect when combining the two.
“I don’t know how well I can paddle with a handful of eggs,” said the Tupelo pre-teen. “But I guess I’ll see because I’m planning on grabbing a bunch of them.”
Janice Weathers watched as her 4-year-old son Jacob clumsily navigated the kiddie pool, trying to corral a bright red egg. With eggs floating all around him, Jacob’s sight was set on ones his favorite color.
“He loves red,” said his mother as she applauded. “I knew that was going to be the one he went for. This is such a fun thing for the kids. It’s so different from the egg hunts I came up doing. I really enjoy watching all the babies play in the water and I love seeing how competitive the bigger kids are when it comes to swimming for the eggs.”
Amy Williams, senior recreation director for Parks and Rec, said the event was started last year to add a new twist to hunting eggs.
“It’s just a non-traditional twist to egg hunts,” said Williams. “Last year it was a big hit, and this year seems to be even bigger. Everyone enjoys the water.”
There were also egg hunts at Ballard and Veteran’s parks, with hundreds of children participating.

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