On Saturday, April 3, Dagsboro Church of God will hold its 4th Annual Community Egg Hunt. The event will be held on church grounds and is open to everyone in the community. Kids younger than 12 may participate in the hunt to find more than 5,000 Easter eggs.
“The event is one of our children’s church events that we do every year,” said Jeremy Ferruccio, administrative pastor at the church. “It’s something where we just try to create an event for the community to enjoy. So, our youth pastor and our children’s director, they kind of get together and coordinate the event.”
The event, which was started in 2007, will be held rain or shine.
“Out of the past three years, one it snowed, the other year it rained,” Ferruccio recalled. “And one year was a good year outside; I think we had around 500 kids show up. So we’re expecting around that number this year, assuming the weather is good.”
Ferruccio said he believes the event has grown through phone calls and “community buzz,” despite the past weather problems.
Although parents may register their kids starting at 10 a.m. the day of the event, this year the church is trying something new to help with the registration process.
“There is a pre-registration you can do on our Web site this year. You actually receive a free kid’s meal from Chick-Fil-A if you’re one of the first 200 to do that,” Ferruccio explained. “That helps make things go a little faster that day, so you don’t have to wait in line to register for the event.”
The hunt itself will kick off at 11 a.m. but kids attending the event can also keep busy with other fun activities, such as assorted games and crafts. Kids can even have their picture taken with a custom military Hummer from the National Guard.
“There will be various other things on the property that day. We’ll have some face painting, your various carnival-atmosphere-type things. Maybe a clown, maybe a moon bounce, some things of that nature, as well.”
The thousands of eggs will not only be stuffed with Easter treats. Participating kids may find special goodies offering them free loot.
“In the eggs will be various individually wrapped candies, and we’ll also have some grand-prize-type stuff in some of those eggs,” Ferruccio said. “Different coupons. There’s some larger gift giveaways that will be hidden throughout the eggs.”
The kids, who will be divided up by age for the hunt, will be hunting for some very special age-appropriate prizes. Hidden among the thousands of eggs are 50 $10 gift certificates to Toys ‘R’ Us.
“They are age-specific,” Ferruccio explained. “For the younger-type kids, we have a Little Tikes wagon and a play set-type thing. Some other giveaway items we have are a Leapfrog system, a Nintendo DSi and a digital camera. We have a lot of coupons for Chick-Fil-A and Dairy Queen.”
The larger grand prizes were purchased by the church’s children’s ministry, and the candy has been provided by community sponsors and businesses.
“We welcome people to come and take advantage of the event,” continued Ferruccio. “There’s no hidden tactics or tricks. Just come, hang out and have fun. You know, it’s just an event we wanted to put on for the community and allow them to enjoy it.”
For more information, visit www.dagsborocog.org or call (302) 732-6550.