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Children clean up at county egg hunt

Lovejoy Youth Hugo Calderon adds eggs to his bag and looks for more during Clayton County Parks and Recreation’s annual Easter Egg Hunt Saturday.

Lovejoy Youth Hugo Calderon adds eggs to his bag and looks for more during Clayton County Parks and Recreation’s annual Easter Egg Hunt Saturday.

— Nathan Tran tightly clutched a bag filled with dozens of plastic eggs as he walked across an activity field at the Gerald Matthews Soccer Complex Saturday.

The colorful cornucopia of eggs — each with a different prize inside — were the 7-year-old Jonesboro resident’s haul from the county’s annual Easter Egg Hunt.

With one hand, Tran held the bag shut so none of his collection would fall out. He used his other hand to keep the bag close to his heart, so no one could take it from him.

“My hands are tired,” he said as he examined his gatherings.

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Curt Yeomans

Area children gather at the end of Clayton County Parks and Recreation’s annual Easter Egg Hunt Saturday. Many youths walked away with dozens of eggs filled with prizes.

More than 100 children from the county came out to participate in the egg hunt, which was moved to Lovejoy this year to co-incide with the opening of the South Clayton Recreation Center located next to the soccer complex.

There were two hunts. One was for smaller children and another was done for older children. In many cases, older children who had younger siblings participated in both hunts.

Many children carried away large buckets filled with eggs.

“I just like getting all of the eggs,” said Lovejoy youth Hugo Calderon, 8.