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April 19, 2014

Helicopter aids in Easter egg drop

LAPEL, Ind. — Four months of planning was gone in about one minute on the Lapel football field Saturday as The River Church held its third annual Easter egg drop.

Church pastor Tyson Priest found out more than 22,000 plastic eggs don’t last long when hundreds of local children are racing to pick them up as quickly as possible. But he didn’t seem to mind.

“My favorite part is seeing the look of joy on their faces right when they first take off,” Priest said. “And it’s amazing how fast they clean up the field.”

This is the third year River Church has done an egg drop, aptly named because some of the plastic eggs are dropped out of a helicopter before the hunt begins.

Priest said he got the idea from a church in North Carolina. He said he hadn’t heard of any other local churches doing anything quite like it, so they decided to give it a shot.

While most of the eggs were already placed on the field, a local helicopter did three flyovers, dropping hundreds of eggs onto the field while the children waited on the sidelines.

He said this was the first year they have had really nice weather, and the church was rewarded with a huge turnout. Hundreds of children and parents showed up to the Lapel High School campus where the church worships on Sundays. Both sets of bleachers were filled, and people who didn’t arrive in time for a seat were relegated to standing on the track that circled the field.

“We are very pleased with the turnout,” Priest said. “This makes all the planning well worth it.”

Some people came just for the unique aircraft. One of the women taking the scene in was Diane Wilson of Pendleton. She said she was there with her four grandchildren but really came to see the helicopter.

“That was amazing,” she said after watching the co-pilot drop the eggs out of a side door and onto the field. “Where else can you go to see something like that?”

After watching the helicopter, Miller said this is definitely an event she would plan on attending in the future.

Most of the eggs contained small pieces of candy as well as small toys. Priest said it required a total team effort by the church body to make an event like this possible.

“We had about 60 different volunteers for today,” Priest said. “And we started working on this in January.”

The volunteers did everything from register the children participating in the hunt, to monitoring the bounce houses that were set up near the field. Priest said the total team effort helped the day go a lot more smoothly.

Follow Zach Osowski on Twitter @Osowski_THB, or call 640-4847.

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