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by | Apr 16, 2017 | City News, Community, County News, Cullman, Cullman City, Cullman Tonight, People

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5,500 plastic eggs. 16,000 pieces of candy totaling 400 pounds. 500+ children.

That is the tale of the tape for Saturday’s record turnout for the annual Cullman County Easter Egg Hunt at Sportsman Lake Park.

The hunt itself topped the 2016 speed record for the time required for participants to pick up all the eggs (3 minutes, 12 seconds). The kids shaved 4 seconds off the clock in 2017, snatching up all the eggs in 3 minutes, 8 seconds.

Along with parents and guardians, right at 1,000 people attended the County Easter Egg Hunt.

Here is live footage of the event in-progress:

This year, staff members at Sportsman Lake Park smartly divided the East Egg Hunt into three separate geographically controlled groups:

Ages 1 to 4 – Splash Pad
Age 5 to 8 – Playground
Ages 9 to 12 – Putt-Putt Golf

Newly named Cullman County Easter Bunny – Jelly Bean – pitched his very own VIP tent booth. He received hundreds of children (and the random adults) on his lap for festive Easter Bunny photographs. Cullman County Commissioner Kerry Watson was perhaps the most well-known of the bunny lap visitors.

Park staff were kept extremely busy passing out the thousands of pieces of free candy immediately following the event.

A solid line of adults and children were spread from the train depot area all the way eastward to Veterans Park as they quickly and orderly converged on the candy and photo areas.

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According to Cullman County Parks & Recreation Director Doug Davenport, this is the largest attendance ever for the event:

“We knew we would have a large crowd. Great advertising and weather that is better than perfect will do that. Our marketing director Sara Teichmiller thought I was crazy for ordering 16,000 pieces of candy for this event. And she is may be correct, but it is always better to have too much than not enough. No one wants to see these youngster head home empty handed. At the pace we are going, we are not going to have much left though!”

Davenport wisely ordered the recently upgraded miniature golf course be opened for play – free of charge – until 11 am. Egg Hunt attendees flooded the small, well-kept links and appeared to be having a blast.

Sources close to the Parks Department indicate there is an effort afoot to make Cullman and Sportsmans Lake Park a destination stop for the Professional Putt-Putt Association tour in 2018 or 2019.

An airplane pulling a large banner from a local religious organization circled the park several times promoting their Easter weekend festivities. It was a novel approach to large-scale advertising. However, few participants on the ground seemed to notice. They were thoroughly engrossed in the multiple activities, and park features happening simultaneously throughout the park.

Most everyone who attended this year’s addition of the Cullman County Easter Egg Hunt appeared to have an excellent experience!

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Timothy Collins

Originally from Asheville, NC, Timothy brings an insightful holistic perspective as well as a mountain man tenacity to his various roles at Cullman Today. You can reach him at cullmantoday@gmail.com and/or (256) 615-8260.

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