Petal Parks & Rec to hold Easter Egg Hunt

By HASKEL BURNS,

Thousands of brightly-colored, candy-filled Easter eggs – 4,000, to be precise – will be up for grabs in Petal at this year’s annual Easter Egg Hunt in the Park.

Coordinated by the City of Petal Parks and Recreation Department, the hunt will begin at 10 a.m. March 31 at Hinton Park, behind Petal Civic Center.

“It’s just a fun time to have, and it gives the community something to do,” said Brian Hall, associate director at the Parks and Recreation Department. “We enjoy seeing the kids come out and do it.”

Children are encouraged to bring their own Easter baskets to carry the plastic eggs, and parents will want to bring cameras for pictures with the Easter Bunny. Six golden eggs will be hidden among the regular ones, and those lucky enough to find those special eggs will be rewarded with a gift basket featuring candy and a toy.

Recreation Director Tom Hardges Jr., whose department has helped put on the Easter Egg Hunt in the Park for about 10 years, said the event is special to Petal because in years past, the Friendly City lacked a city-wide Easter egg hunt.

“But since we started this program several years ago, the community looks forward to it,” he said. “So that’s my motivation, is providing another program for the kids and the community.”

Hall said the hunt is always a popular event, and he’s looking forward to this year’s showing.

“It’s usually pretty busy – at least a couple hundred kids out there,” he said. “Every year we look forward to it.”

For more information, call the City of Petal Parks and Recreation Department at (601) 554-5440.