The 32nd Annual South Cumberland State Park Easter Egg Hunt will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 23 at the Visitor Center on Highway 41 in Monteagle. Park Manager John Christof and Interpretive specialist Jason Reynolds will be joint “Masters of Ceremonies.”
This event, for children walking age and up, will have five age categories, with four prizes awarded in each group to hunters finding the prize eggs. There will be no “most eggs found” competition. Adults will only be allowed to assist toddlers in the “Walking to Age 2” group.
“We had approximately 294 people (157 kids) attending last year’s festivities and hope that it will be an even bigger success on March 23,” stated Manager Christof. “Our programming staff is always working to provide more and better activities for the enjoyment of the community at large. Including events for our children is an extremely important part of their work.” The Tracy City Fire and Rescue will once more help with hiding eggs and traffic control. “It means so much to have people we can count on to help make the hunt safe and run smoothly, and that makes our jobs easier,” added Manager Christof. Rumor has it that the big, white, long-eared, fuzzy guy with the cotton tail will be on hand with a basketful of candy to greet everyone.
The Friends of South Cumberland State Recreation Area are the event’s generous sponsors again this year. Because the children will be excited and anxious, extra caution should be taken when driving through the park. Everyone is asked to travel slowly and follow parking attendants’ directions upon entering the main gate. Since parking takes time and spaces are limited, hunt-goers should carpool if possible, plan to arrive between 9:00 a.m. and 9:30 a.m., and proceed to the ball field for hunt instructions.
In case of rain, the program will be rescheduled for 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 24. South Cumberland would like to thank everyone in advance for their participation, assistance, and cooperation.