It was a Saturday of Easter joy as Apalachicola and Eastpoint celebrated egg hunts, and youngsters got in on the fun.
The Apalachicola Community Easter Egg Hunt returned to its traditional format at the Chapman Botanical Gardens. Children between the ages of 2 and 12 were invited to hunt for more than 2,000 candy-stuffed eggs during the hunt, with the Easter Bunny making a special appearance at the event, co-hosted by Apalachicola Main Street and Bring Me a Book Franklin.
Augusta West, director of Apalachicola Main Street , said 154 kids took part, with 31 prizes given away. Prizes included three scooters with helmets, a hopscotch set, Little Tikes toddler wagon, friendship bracelet-making, Magnatiles set , a boogie board, Life board game, Lego set , three wrapped bundles of 25 candy-filled eggs, a motorcycle action toy, five loaded Easter baskets for golden egg finders (donated by Tabernacle of Faith) , 10 Bouncy balls (donated by Apalach Outfitters), art class gift certificate (donated by Art of Glass) and mini-golf for four (donated by Red Pirate ).
In addition, egg hunt sponsors, both with cash and in-kind, included Duke Energy, Emerald Coast Federal Credit Union, Mariterese and Pat Balthrop, the Sembler Family, La Robe Boutique, Jim and Susan Bachrach, Mark Milliken, Ed Springer, and Augusta West.
Main Street raised $1,540 to cover the egg hunt expenses, with 26 volunteers taking part in the planning and management of the hunt.
“Many thanks to Florida State Parks for use of the garden,” said West.
Children were divided into age groups, with each group assigned their own hunt area on the grounds of the gardens, on Market Street, adjacent to the Orman House Historic State Park.
Within each hunt area will be hundreds of hidden eggs filled with candy, and one special golden egg that can be turned in for a gift basket.
Bring Me a Book Franklin volunteers gave each child a free age-appropriate book to take home.
Later that morning, Franklin County Sheriff A.J. Smith and his staff hosted their annual egg hunt adjacent to the sheriff’s department as scores of youngsters took part.