Sunny skies on Saturday will give thousands of Kilgoreites young and old a clear view as two helicopter-loads of Easter eggs sprinkle down on Driller Park.
With multiple local churches in Kilgore and Liberty partnering for a ‘Resurrection Celebration Festival & Easter Egg Hunt’ April 20, there’s a good chance they’ll better last year’s egg haul, when more than 40,000 of the plastic containers and their hidden treasurers were collected by kiddoes.
That inaugural event drew an estimated 6,000 people to Harris Street Park, not just for the egg drop but for a myriad of other Easter weekend activities.
There’s a similar schedule of events on tap Saturday – the overall festival runs 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – with an additional emphasis on the churches’ primary mission: to spread the news of Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection celebrated at Easter.
According to co-organizer Rory Dukes, the purpose of the event is to give guests of all ages a better understanding of the true message of Easter: of Christ’s sacrifice, His triumph over death and the gift of salvation.
The day will be marked by more prayer, Christian music and counselors to help visitors better understand Easter. There will also be a special, short message preceding the year’s egg drop-and-dash in Driller Park.
Among the morning’s general entertainment, guests will find free candy, face painting and bounce houses. The Easter bunny will also be available for photos.
According to Kilgore Community Relations Manager Sonya Waters, this year there will be two helicopter drops at Driller Park. The first batch of eggs will fall at 11:55 a.m. for first- and second-graders. The second drop is set for 12:25 p.m. for third-, fourth- and fifth-graders.
There will be separate heats for younger children on a nearby softball field. Kindergarteners will go on their hunt at 9:30 a.m. followed by Pre-K kids at 9:50, 3-year-olds at 10:10 then children 2 years-old and younger at 10:30 a.m.
An egg dash for special needs children is scheduled for 10:40 a.m.
Waters was impressed with last years turnout. The City of Kilgore is once again providing limited assistance for the event planners while the church volunteers spearhead the overall event.
“It’s a lot to corral all those kids,” Waters joked, and it’s an incredible sight to have so many people – children, parents, grandparents and volunteers – crowded into Harris Street Park and Driller Park. “It really encapsulates the meaning of community in Kilgore.”