Teenage group prepares for weekend egg hunt

Published 12:00 am Sunday, April 3, 2005

VIDALIA &045;&045; Little bodies with little hands grabbing little eggs never think about where those eggs came from.

But a group of about 20 Vidalia teenagers now has a full grasp of what it takes to put on an Easter Egg hunt for small children. A.T.T.A.C.K. &045;&045; Active Teens Totally Against Cancer Krewe &045;&045; decided a few months ago to sponsor an Easter egg hunt to raise money for Relay for Life, and they’ve been hard at work since then.

The first step was to hit the streets asking for donations from community members and businesses. The teens gathered 6,000 plastic eggs, then the second step began &045;&045; stuffing.

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Team leader Ariel Rushing said the group has spent about two or three hours for two or three days on the living room floor of her house putting candy, tickets and prizes in the eggs.

Early Saturday may be the part the teenagers have the most trouble with though. The group will gather at 6:30 a.m. and start hiding eggs at 7 a.m. for a 10 a.m. hunt. The group consensus said 6:30 a.m. was far too early.

Children from 1-year-old to 11-years-old can hunt for $5 per child. Registration begins at Vidalia Upper Elementary School at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, and hunters will be divided by age group. No parents will be allowed to hunt.

Prize giveaways include two 20-inch Huffy bicycles from Trippe’s Western auto, a John Deere tricycle from Ferriday Farm, six $50 savings bonds from area banks, a bean bag chair from LaSyone Furniture, a child’s chair from Brakenridge Furniture and food, movie, token, bowling and snack coupons.

The Vidalia Police Department will be on hand to do fingerprinting for children and the Vidalia Fire Department will give demonstrations. Other events will include face painting, Easter tattoos, letters from the Easter bunny and a jelly bean guessing contest.

Every egg will contain either a prize, ticket for a prize or candy.

&uot;There’s something in every single egg,&uot; volunteer Hillary Guillot said.

&uot;And we get to stuff them,&uot; Logan Massey added.

All proceeds from the event will go to the American Cancer Society.