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Egg hunt draws crowd
Easter event had family atmosphere
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Greg Oberkrom and son Carter, 2, look for eggs Saturday during the annual Community Easter Egg Hunt at Veterans Memorial Park. - photo by Frank Reddy Dawson Community News

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Children of all ages rushed the field to grab fistfuls of multi-colored eggs Saturday during the 25th annual Community Easter Egg Hunt.


Volunteers with KARE for Kids hid more than 10,000 of the hard plastic shells, as well as several dozen stuffed animals, in the grass at Veterans Memorial Park.


KARE for Kids President Calvin Byrd said the egg hunt was a success.


“We’ve had a lot of people show up today,” said Byrd as he supervised the activities. “Not as many people as last year, but still a pretty good crowd.”


Linda Glattli showed up with her children for an afternoon of festive fun.


“We thought it would be a good day to bring the kites too,” said Glattli as she watched her children race around the park. “It’s just beautiful weather today.”


In addition to the egg hunt, the event featured a hamburger-eating contest, an inflatable for children and photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny.


Dawson County resident Joseph Decoteau won the eating contest, downing 11 miniature burgers in three minutes.


“Drinking lots of water is the secret,” Decoteau said. “Lots and lots of water.”


Decoteau won a $50 gift certificate for his accomplishment.


KARE volunteer Robin Smith said it was a good “family atmosphere” Saturday.

“Everybody’s having a good time,” she said.


KARE is a local nonprofit organization that provides for Dawson County’s children in need.


Formerly known as the Moss Easter Egg Hunt, the annual event is one of the biggest of its kind in Georgia.