HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Hundreds of children and their parents got some early Easter presents at Dahmer Park Saturday morning during the 67th annual Community Easter Egg Hunt, sponsored by the City of Hattiesburg and the Lion's Club.
Volunteers placed more than 5,000 plastic eggs filled with goodies on three baseball fields and after a signal was given, the children picked up as many as they could, placing them in buckets, baskets or bags.
The event also featured games for the children. Kids could also have photos made with the Easter Bunny.
"We love the Easter Egg hunt, we come out every year to let (the kids) just come out and play and find the eggs," said Laedwina Jones, a parent from Bassfield. "It's a wonderful thing they're doing for the kids," she said.
"This is very nice, it's good that the people are involved in the community, giving the kids something positive to do," said Tequlia Wheat, another parent.
"It's a joy to come out here and watch the kids have fun, enjoy what they're doing," said Larry Deleon, president of the Hattiesburg Lion's Club. "This is a family tradition," he said.
The first Community Easter Egg Hunt was held in 1948.