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ETX children search for 10 thousand Easter eggs at 13th annual hunt

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LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -

Children waited in anticipation as 10 thousand plastic eggs were scattered across two baseball fields in Kit McConnico Park.

"All the kids stand behind the cones and just rush out and grabs as many eggs as they can," said Dan Patrick, Program Director K-FOX 955.

KFOX 955 partnered with Lufkin Parks and Recreation for the 13th annual egg hunt, to make sure the children of Angelina County have a memorable hunting experience.

"We've got over 100 Easter baskets to give away, its huge," said Patrick.

 Director of Lufkin Parks and Recreation Mike Akridge says, the event wouldn't be complete without enthusiastic volunteers keeping the kids entertained with games and face paint.

"We didn't have enough volunteerism support to help us out. We got First Assembly to team up with us, all three work together to make a successful event," said Akridge.

 Kids from ages zero to ten were eligible to take part in the egg hunting.

The ten thousand eggs were divided for three separate hunts for each age division.

"Looks like a record year already, over 2,000 kids usually attend the event," said Patrick.

Dan Patrick has been a part of the event since it began 13 years ago

He says the turn out today is overwhelming.            

"I think there was about 20 kids, 13 years ago and we've grown to this size and its become a community event every year," said Patrick.

Even though the hunt lasts about five minutes Akridge says its all worth it.

"That glow in their eyes when you see them hunt the eggs, it takes them a minute of two, to hunt the eggs but just watching them and that thrill of I got something," said Akridge.

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