Two Pickerington churches are holding two separate large Easter egg Hhunts in the coming weeks. C3 Church will put on its "Eggstravanza" while Grace Fellowship Church will present the "Eggsplosion."
Both events promise youngsters the chance to score their fare share of literally tens of thousands of plastic eggs filled with goodies as well as a visit with the Easter Bunny.
Wholesome family-oriented entertainment and bringing the community together during the Easter season is what organizers for both events say the festivities are about. Here is a rundown of each event:
* C3 Church, 200 Hill Rd. South, Pickerington; 10 a.m to noon, Saturday, March 23.
An estimated 20,000 candy-filled eggs will be spread out in the grass fields of the C3 campus, ready to be plucked from their resting spots when the clock strikes 11 a.m. sharp.
According to Church Administrator Sharon Burke, the egg hunt, an exercise in organized chaos, is over in a matter of "two to three minutes."
This is C3 Church's sixth year of presenting the Eggstravaganza. Burke said the event grows bigger with each passing year.
"It's been great," she said. "It's our gift to the community. We love having the community here and participating in it."
Burke strongly suggested attendees bring their own cameras "for pictures with the Easter Bunny" and plastic bags or baskets to put the candy in.
"(Children) open the eggs and leave them so we can use them next year," said Burke, adding that free popcorn and cotton candy will also be provided.
Prizes will be given away for each age group as well as "family gift baskets" made up of donations from local businesses.
"We try to do something for the parents as well as the kids," Burke said.
Burke said parking will not be allowed on C3 Church property, however, attendees can park either at Pickerington High School Central or at Ridgeview Junior High School.
There is no pre-registration to participate. For more information about Eggstravaganza, call C3 Church at 614-833-0033.
* Grace Fellowship Church will host the event at Pickerington North High School, 7800 Refugee Road, at 6 p.m. Friday, March 29.
Grace Fellowship Impact Team Leader Nicole Waggoner said the event was moved from its previous location at the PASA soccer fields to the high school to accommodate a larger gathering.
The event is geared towards fourth-graders and younger.
Having a helicopter hovering over the location, dropping thousands of plastic eggs from above, certainly explains the popularity of this event.
"All the adults are just as mesmerized as the kids are," Waggoner said.
"It's pretty cool and it's lots of fun," she said.
A free dinner will be served from 6 to 7 p.m., with the helicopter arriving at about 7:15 p.m. Other activities on the agenda include inflatable amusements, carnival games, face painting and, of course, a visit from the Easter Bunny.
Waggoner said Eggsplosion will be separated into two fields, with kindergarten students and those younger under having their own space.
"We do that so the little kids don't get trampled," she said.
(All) the kids pick up their eggs and exchange them for candy at tables that are set up," she said.
Waggoner said this will also be the sixth year Grace Fellowship has held an Easter egg hunt.
"We want our community to know that we're here for them and we love them," Waggoner said.
She said people can register for the event by going to the website http://eggsplosion.cc/. All participants must register by 7 p.m. the day of the event.
"We recommend they pre-register to help us out, Waggoner said. "Last year it just exploded, it was amazing to see so many people show up."