Children search for elusive prize eggs at Optimist Club's egg dash

  • Sunday, April 7, 2013

The dash was on Saturday morning as families rushed to grab candy and prize eggs at the North Augusta Optimist Club's Easter egg dash at Lions Field.
The participants were separated by age categories - ages 3 and younger, 4 to 6 and 7 to 10 years old. Throughout each of the spots were scattered some prize eggs that could be redeemed for Easter baskets.
"Beautiful day, looks like the kids all had a good time," said Chris Garnett, a member of the Optimist Club and coordinator of the event.
There were various strategies for candy and prize finders, especially those who got the elusive eggs.
"I just went off to try and find the egg first at the gate," said Ethan Chastain, 8. "I just wanted to find an egg first thing."Others had a little bit of help.
"My mom did it," James Pinkston, 6, said about his finding of a prize egg.
His mom, Trisha, joked that they had only been coming for six years. However, this was the first time they had gotten one and that they were "more excited about that than the candy."
Garnett also pointed out that, in past years, the kids would "sweep across the field and get all of the candy," but that this time around the eggs seemed to be the priority.
"I've got the birds-eye view up there," he said about sitting the press box at Lions Field. "It's always enjoyable to see the kids run out there and try to find the eggs and the candy."
The Optimist Club's mission is to be a "friend to youth," and this is one of a number of events that the club puts on throughout the year geared around kids. Recently, the club had its pancake breakfast, with the money raised from that going toward helping kids who are battling cancer. The rest of the money goes toward distributing books, scholarships, essay contests and the group helps kids from the younger ages all the way up to high school.
Garnett, who has helped with this event the past six years, believes that the Optimist Club started the event around 1995. This year's event was a collaboration with the City of North Augusta, North Augusta Parks and Recreation and Costco.

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