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Egg hunt a success
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Avery Brynn Neal, 21 months, carefully selects her eggs during the annual K.A.R.E. for Kids Easter egg hunt on April 15. - photo by Allie Dean

The annual Easter egg hunt at Veterans Memorial Park on Saturday couldn't have asked for a better day as attendees walked onto the football field to see 20,000 brightly colored Easter eggs laid out on the grass.

Kids of all ages gathered at the edge of the field, behind a fence and an orange barricade, barely holding back their excitement. Once given the word, hundreds of kids sprung forward, pouncing on the eggs, stuffed animals and other toys.

The eggs were collected in a matter of minutes.

"This is a great event," said Corey Neal, the dad of a 21-month-old who was daintily picking eggs from the 0 to 2 years and handicapped section of the field.

"We live in Maryland but we're here visiting family, so I'm glad we got to do something like this," Neal said after helping his daughter snag one of the prize stuffed animals from the field.

The 31st annual Dawson County Easter Egg Hunt was collaboration between K.A.R.E. for Kids and the Church at War Hill, among others. The event gave Dawson County children a chance to gather Easter eggs in a fun and safe environment.

Other activities included train rides, a bike raffle, face painting, concessions, Easter Bunny photos, a hot dog eating contest, musical and dance performances and other activities for children.

The hot dog eating contest saw over 20 contestants combined in both the adult and child categories.

The winner of the youth hot dog eating contest, Daisy Petit, won by eating five hot dogs in four minutes, and beat out her older brother Shawn. Petit won a $25 gift card to Toys "R" Us.

The winner of the adult's hot dog eating contest, Buddy, beat out two others after a three-way-tie, eating six hot dogs in four minutes. He won a $50 Visa gift card.

"We'd really like to thank The Church at War Hill, Way Point Ministries, Dawson County Parks and Recreation, Dawson County High School FFA and all the other organizations that assisted helped make this year's hunt a success," said K.A.R.E.  for Kids President David McKee.

All proceeds from the event benefit K.A.R.E. for Kids, a local nonprofit organization that strives to serve the community's less fortunate families by providing gifts at Christmas time.