Biloxi church holds annual Easter egg hunt

Roughly 800 people showed up for the 21st Annual Easter Egg Hunt hosted by Set Free Ministries on Sunday at Gibson Park.

After last-minute instructions by Fire Department President Melissa Stevens and the siren signal to go, the children were off and hunting, not only for the ordinary goodies, but also for three "golden eggs", one for each age group.

Darrell Griffin, Moose Lodge member and volunteer, said he's been the "egg guy" who cooked and colored the eggs for the last 25 years, but this year plastic eggs were used because the event lost the sponsorship of a local supermarket.

And off they went to hunt for their eggs, each with the goal to fill their buckets, but this Easter egg hunt was like no other.

The kids can redeem the eggs at the matching store to receive prizes such as money, candy and small gifts. The Zoo is open at 9 a.m., with Easter activities beginning at 10 and running until 3 p.m. The Saturday turnout, helped by the mid-April warm weather, has the group planning to bring the egg hunt back to Gregory Park next year.

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"My kids are extremely happy to be here, and to be able to pay and interact with thousands of other kids their age make me happy for them", Wilson said. So she got to really take time and pick them up and do her own thing, "says Attendee Gwen Moldenhauer". Now, more 1,000 individuals participate in the yearly fun.

The event is from 10 a.m.to noon, and the hunt begins at 11 a.m.

The eggs at the event were filled with coupons and prizes.

Villegas' 2-year-old twin boys, Casai and Zion, had never been to an egg hunt before nor had they met the Easter Bunny.

"It's about the resurrection of Jesus Christ you know he came and he died for our sins and then he rose so that's what its all about", said event coordinator Nick Saynes. "It's very family friendly and there are lots of fun stuff to do", Heidi Kapusta, of Arvada said. The kids first learned about different animals that come from eggs; they even got to see and interact with a few of them.

  • Adam Floyd