The Easter Egg race is on as the children sprint from the starting line. The pink bucket in the young lady’s hand will be completely full of plastic eggs by the end of the event.

The rain turned to a light mist April 13, just before the 10 a.m. La Vergne Easter Egg Hunt at La Vergne’s Veteran’s Memorial Park. The annual event normally draws more than a thousand children and their parents, but the iffy weather cut the turnout to approximately 400. It meant more eggs for all the children present, and they made the most of it.

                The hunts were divided into three age groups, newborn to four years old, five to seven years old, and eight to 11 years old. Therefore, the littlest children were not competing with older children or getting stepped on. With so many eggs and relatively fewer children, most participants were able to scoop up at least a bucket full of plastic eggs with chocolate and candy inside. Each age group also had the regular plastic eggs salted with two “Golden Eggs,” one courtesy of the La Vergne Police Department, and one courtesy of the Parks and Recreation Department. Each Golden Egg recipient redeemed the special eggs for a stuffed animal and a very large Easter Basket.

                La Vergne Mayor Jason Cole, Aldermen Steve Noe and Calvin Jones officiated at the event. Mayor Cole praised Event Coordinator Felicia Mayes for her well attended and orderly program. The event was supported by the La Vergne Police and Fire Departments with their outreach programs, including bounce castles and free hot dogs and cotton candy.  The recently established Fire Explorers were out in strength along with Box 100 personnel and other volunteers. Mayes thanked the volunteers, acknowledging that the large event was not possible without their help. 

                The Smyrna Easter Egg Hunt scheduled for the afternoon was rescheduled to its rain day of April 20.

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