By Jason A. Smith
Haylee Bramlett, of Griffin, munched on an ice cream cone at Nash Farm Park in Hampton on Friday, eyeing a field filled with colorful eggs.
"They drop eggs from the helicopter and there's animals for us to pet," she said. "I like the rabbits."
Bramlett, 7, and her family were among the hundreds of area residents who attended the Third Annual Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt at the park. Along with free ice cream, the event included bouncing slides, a petting zoo, inflatables and music furnished by Radio Disney.
Another highlight came when a helicopter dropped hundreds of eggs for eagerly awaiting children, in anticipation of the nighttime egg hunt.
Ashleigh Roell, a special events coordinator for the Henry County Parks and Recreation Department, which sponsored the flashlight hunt, said the free event has been successful in drawing area families to the park.
"We've had a huge response, much more than we thought we would have," said Roell.
The egg hunt is a unique way for children to get into the spirit of Easter, according to Roell
"Not everybody does an Easter egg hunt at night," she continued. "[Nash Farm] being a field, and very open, we don't really have a place to hide eggs. That's where the challenge comes in, because you can't see the eggs."
Jeremy Cox, 27, and his wife Cindy, 30, of Lovejoy, have attended Civil War re-enactments at Nash Farm in the past, and came to Friday's event with their 2-year-old daughter, Emma. Cindy Cox said she wanted to give her child a fun time, and support Nash Farm endeavors.
"Henry County has done a great job preserving this historical site," she said.
Sabrina Smith, 33, of McDonough, brought her five kids with her to the egg-hunt festivities. She said she appreciated, as a mother, being able to enjoy the event with her children.
"It means a lot that the kids are able to do something like this," Smith said. "It's like a kid's environment."
One of Smith's children, 13-year-old Jacob Smith, said the event enabled him to enjoy a variety of activities. Still, one component of the night stood out from all the rest.
"The main thing is, they have an egg hunt in the dark," Jacob Smith said. "It's just something to do, different from all the other egg hunts."