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Easter 'drop' attracts thousands

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AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) -

Eggs falling from the sky for what was the first Easter egg 'drop' in the CSRA put on by members of Abilene Baptist Church. Nearly 4,000 people came to the Columbia County Fairgrounds to be a part of all the excitement.

"It shows that families are looking for that wholesome environment to celebrate Easter to celebrate its true meaning which is Jesus Christ," said volunteer coordinator, Brandi Toelle.  

More than 200 volunteers helped to bring what was once a mere idea of the church's pastor, finally to fruition.

"[It's] our opportunity to show how much we love Augusta and Columbia County by just giving a good family event for the whole community," said Pastor Brad Whitt.

It certainly seemed like the whole community showed up. There was an overwhelming turn out for a morning filled with music, crafts, face painting, bounce houses, and of course the Easter egg hunt.

"It's a pretty good thing that they are doing here. You know it's a day of fun for the kids but also it's kind of a celebration of our Lord and his savior's life too," said church member Craig Hobbs.

When it finally came time for the eggs to be dropped, the children lined up along the field and many had high hopes for what they might find.

Hobbs' three children said they wanted to find money so they could give back to the pastor.

Of course only candy filled eggs were found but the children took away more than just that; the meaning of Easter.

This was the first year Abilene Baptist Church held the Easter egg drop but after this year's turnout, the pastor said it will not be the last.

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