Tupelo churches host annual Easter egg hunts

By Danza Johnson/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – The Easter Bunny had a busy morning Saturday.
With the help of The Orchard and Tupelo Freewill Baptist Church, Mr. Bunny hopped through and dropped thousands of candy and toy-filled plastic eggs at Ballard and Veterans parks for the annual Easter Egg Hunts. He even dropped a few goodies into the Rob Leake City Pool for a special underwater hunt.
Hundreds of children from ages 1 and up packed the parks to partake in the picking of the pastel-colored prizes. As the children eyed the eggs from behind roped off barriers, you could tell their eyes and minds were on one thing – get as many eggs as possible.
And when they were turned loose, the frenzy began. It took less than 20 minutes for the nearly 20,000 eggs strewn all over Veterans Park to be completely picked up.
Marcus Banks and wife Stephanie watched as their 5-year-old son Dylan sprinted across the field and dove onto a pile of unclaimed eggs. The muddy field didn’t bother Dylan one bit, but mom cringed as her son happily held up his findings to let her see.
“Oh my goodness,” she said with her hands over her eyes. “I just bought that shirt.”
Despite having lost a new shirt to mud and grass stains, Stephanie said she enjoyed watching her son and the other children have a good time.
“I love the fact that this is a church function and before they start looking for eggs they are told about Easter and why we celebrate,” she said. “That’s why we always bring Dylan here every year because Freewill makes the day for the children, but about Jesus.”
After all eggs were gathered, the children enjoyed festivities at the park. Free popcorn and drinks were served at Veterans. Adults and children danced to the music and just made a day out of it.
“No need in wasting all this sunshine,” said Barbara James, who took her grandson to the park to participate in the hunt. “Good music, kids playing and free popcorn, what else could you ask for on a Saturday?”

Contact Danza Johnson at (662) 678-1583 or danza.johnson@djournal.com.