LAURINBURG — Clouds and the threat of rain did little to thin the crowd of children chomping at the bit to find the hundreds of eggs secreted about Washington Park on Saturday.
The third annual “Eggstravaganza” held by Washington Park natives Terry Hope, Tracey McLeod, and Reco Douglas greeted more than 150 children with an Easter egg hunt and more.
Clellan Tyson, who now lives in Laurel Hill and works for the federal prison system, also volunteered to help pull off the event, grilling hamburgers for the crowd.
“I grew up right here in Washington Park down on Pitt Street,” Tyson said. “I had a hard life growing up, didn’t have a dad, just my mom and she worked all the time and I played sports. But I made it out, so I wanted to just give something back to the community.”
Sno-kones, popcorn, and cotton candy were also served up in abundance, and the Easter bunny was mobbed by children — and parents with their phone cameras at the ready — the moment he set foot on the premises.
“We thought it would be a good thing to bring her out and let her enjoy the festivities,” said Tony Prince, who attended with his daughter Nicole. “We thought it was a good thing for them to come back and share. You don’t see that too often.”
Before sending them off to find the hundreds of eggs scattered in the park and adjoining apple orchard, Hope cautioned participants to play nicely and have fun.
He also distributed Easter baskets loaded with toy cars, dolls, soccer balls, basketballs, stuffed animals, crayons, and candy.
“I want to thank him for all of his hard work to come back to the community and share with the young people,” said state Rep. Garland Pierce, who dropped in to commend the Eggstravaganza organizers. “All of us need to give back, come back, and make a difference in our community.”
Mary Katherine Murphy can be reached at 910-506-3169.