One of the largest events of the year is coming up this weekend as the county springs into action to hold the biggest and best Easter egg hunt ever at Veterans' Memorial Park in Dawsonville.
The egg-cellent hunt is scheduled for Saturday, with festivities beginning at 11:30 a.m. on the football field.
Activities include train rides, a bike raffle, face painting, concessions, Easter Bunny photos, a hot dog eating contest and tons of other activities for children.
More than 20,000 eggs will be hidden for the main event, which starts at 2:30 p.m. The egg hunt will be divided into age groups: 0 to 2 years and handicap, with one parent assisting; 3 to 4 years; 5 to 6 years; 7 to 9 years; and 10 to 12 years.
This is the 31st county-wide Easter egg hunt, and all proceeds will benefit K.A.R.E. for Kids, a local nonprofit organization that strives to serve the community's less fortunate families.
The hunt begins promptly at 2:30, so K.A.R.E. for Kids would like to remind participants to arrive at least 30 minutes early with their basket in hand in order to snag the perfect location.
The event is sponsored by the Church at War Hill, Dawson County FFA, Dawson County Parks and Recreation and Way Point Ministries.
Admission is free for all, and only service animals are allowed.
Other Easter events this weekend include:
"The Resurrection and the Life"
The First Baptist Church of Dawsonville will present "The Resurrection and the Life," a large musical event that will dramatically depict the passion of Christ. The first performance will be at 7 p.m. on Good Friday, April 14.
According to Stan Lovell, worship pastor at First Baptist, the choir, drama, staging and technology teams are already working overtime to Reach Dawson, as part of this year's theme.
"The Resurrection and The Life" will involve people in New Testament costumes, and will utilize music, animals and drama. The entire sanctuary will become a stage where scenes recreate the final days of the life of Christ leading up to His death and resurrection.
There will also be a sunrise service at 7 a.m. on April 16 followed by breakfast. The final performance will be at 10:45 a.m. on April 16.
Check the church's website at www.firstbaptistdawsonville.com for a complete listing of the service times and activities.
"Out of the Darkness"
The Church of the Apostles in Dawsonville will host a reception for its annual Easter art show from 4 to 6 p.m. on April 14. All are welcome for refreshments and to enjoy the artwork that features a theme of "Out of the Darkness."
For additional information, go to cotachurch.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.