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Thousands turn out for Sugar Hill's annual egg hunt

SUGAR HILL -- Within a span of less than two minutes, 12,000 neon and pastel colored Easter eggs were plucked from the outfield grass by smiling little boys and girls, filling their baskets to the top until none remained on the ground. This happened three times as kids in age groups of 1-3, 4-6 and 7-9 hunted down nearly 35,000 Easter eggs in total at the seventh annual Sugar Hill Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday afternoon at E.E. Robinson Park in Sugar Hill.

Overnight thunderstorm showers washed away much of the pollen, making for an overall beautiful day for families to bring their kids out to the park and enjoy the egg hunt, inflatables, refreshments, music and have their pictures taken with the Easter bunny.

"I didn't even know that we had this many kids in Sugar Hill," Steve Riley, a volunteer from the Georgia Force High School Football Team, said of the 2,500 children, parents and grandparents who were in attendance.

"We have about 15 football players, cheerleaders and team officials volunteering out here for today's event. We help run the inflatables, work the food stands and put the eggs out," Riley said of the helpers who made today's event possible.

Andy Mcquagge, the Recreation Director for Sugar Hill, has been running the Easter Egg Hunt event for six out of the seven years it has been held. "All of the eggs come prepackaged and filled except for our 'golden eggs,' which hold the gift certificates for our special prizes." The prizes given away included a basketball goal and a guitar.

Mcquagge has helped make sure all of the logistics for this event happen, including getting all of the volunteers assembled, getting the eggs ready and hiring the DJ.

DJ Bobby Shively has been the resident DJ for this event for three years now.

"I live literally right across the street from the park, and I've been good friends with Andy for years now. I help the city out and the city helps me out," Shively said about working the event each year. Shively also had a few toddlers participating in today's events.

The turnout for this year's hunt almost doubled from last year's attendance, making it the largest turnout yet.

For more information on events in Sugar Hill, visit www.cityofsugarhill.com.