Record turnout for downtown egg hunt

Staff photo by Wm. Shawn Weigel: A youngster checks out the baby chicks for sale at Oxford Fed and Lumber last Friday morning during the annual downtown Easter egg hunt.

Last Friday morning, the hunt was on in downtown Oxford.

Thats when Oxford Main Street hosted its annual egg hunt, which found over 16,000 eggs spread out over numerous area businesses in a roughly four-block area downtown.

Starting at 10:30 a.m., kids lined up by the dozens at the Oxford Library to secure a grab bag for their eggs and their first egg.

After that, the kids spread out downtown, with provided maps in hand, to locate the over two dozen business locations that were in some cases literally handing the eggs out at the door.

They also searched for clues as to the secret location of the Easter Bunny but it was really no big secret: he was stationed down at Oxford Feed and Lumber, where families could line up for a quick picture.

Dave Haradon, executive director of OMI, said that the event pulled in over 700 kids a record number for the hunt, as far as he could recollect.

It was a marvelous event, and we lucked out and had wonderful weather and a great turnout to kick off the Easter weekend, Haradon said.

Haradon said that the event was over in just two hours, when they managed to run out of eggs in that short a time.

I think next year, were planning to order more eggs, Haradon said with a chuckle. I think were going to order many more, like 25,000 or so.