HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Hundreds of Hattiesburg-area children got lots of early Easter treats Saturday morning and all they had to do was reach down and pick 'em up. They ran onto the baseball fields at Vernon Dahmer Park and grabbed all the plastic eggs they could during the 68th annual Community Easter Egg Hunt.
It was hosted by the Hattiesburg Lion's Club, the City of Hattiesburg and Omega Psi Phi fraternity.
Volunteers set out about 6,000 eggs for the kids to collect. Each one had a prize inside.
"It's good, I like the way y'all organize it," said Nita Terry of Starkville. She brought her granddaughter and other relatives to the event.
"I think it's something good for the kids," said Brittany Sutton of Hattiesburg. "Even though it's early in the morning, we were able to get up and make it and my (son) enjoyed himself," she said.
"It's an amazing tradition to just hold up and remember and just seeing those kids' faces is what makes it, for sure," said Bonnie Keaton, president of the Hattiesburg Lion's Club.
After the hunt, the children took part in other games.
The first Community Easter Egg Hunt was held in 1948.