Egg hunt

In a past egg hunt at the park, children rush to snap up the hidden eggs. More than 3,000 eggs will be up for grabs this year.

The Easter Bunny is coming out of lockdown.

With COVID-19 cases at dramatically lower levels, the Community Egg Hunt at Crossroads Regional Park is back on the calendar for Saturday, April 3, after skipping 2020 because of the pandemic. The egg hunt starts at noon with other activities starting at 11 a.m. It is free for kids ages 10 and under.

J.C. Hill, one of the organizers with the Concerned Citizens for a Better Community, said many people from Corinth and surrounding areas are asking for the hunt to take place this year.

“I have never seen anything like it,” he said. “It’s going to be a big day. I guarantee that. It’s probably going to break the record of the most that we’ve ever had.”

With the event being outdoors, which is considered safer than indoor events, and with the dramatic decrease in COVID activity, he said organizers feel comfortable with holding the event for a 17th time.

“We’re just going to ask everybody to use caution,” said Hill.

The park is excited to host the event again.

“It’s an outdoor event that generates a large participation and helps to boost enthusiasm throughout the community,” said Park Director Robin Baker. “Children in the area long for activities after a year of almost non-existent programs due to COVID. We expect a big turnout and look forward to the Easter Bunny’s arrival.”

Age categories for the hunt are 0 to 3 years, 4 to 6 years and 7 to 10 years. There is also a special needs category, and parents may assist that group, as well as the 0 to 3 group.

More than 3,000 eggs will be hidden on the park grounds. Children may bring a basket, bucket or bag to collect eggs as they hope to find one of the golden eggs in each category for a grand prize.

“We’re going to make sure that nobody leaves empty-handed,” said Hill.

Parents can bring a camera or use their phone for photo ops with the Easter Bunny before the hunt, from 11 a.m. to noon, and after from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Hill is excited by the enthusiasm that is evident for the event’s return.

“It seems like the parents and grandparents are more excited than the kids,” he said.

For more information, call the park office at 286-3067.

Staff Writer

Jebb Johnston is a 1991 Alcorn Central High School graduate and a 1995 Ole Miss journalism graduate. His primary beats are city and county government.

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