The Easter Bunny took to the sky on Saturday, dropping tens of thousands of eggs by helicopter on Owasso’s Centennial Park.
The congregation of Lifepoint Baptist Church and area sponsors filled more than 54,000 plastic eggs with candy, toys, stickers and other freebies for the annual Owasso Egg Drop.
“We think it’s a fun event for families,” said Pastor Doug Gregg.
Gregg’s fond memories of Easter egg hunts as a child inspired him to organize the first Owasso Egg Drop six years ago.
He approached Tulsa Helicopter to participate, and the company has since donated its annual egg-dropping services.
Families decked in sunglasses, colorful holiday wear and carrying an array of festive egg-carrying receptacles poured into the park for front-row spots along the yellow caution tape marking six drop zones, five divided by age and one designated for special needs children.
Then the waiting began as the chopper rained down bagfuls of the loot in each zone.
As volunteers signaled the all clear, children made a mad dash for the eggs, picking the fields clean in less than two minutes.
As 8-year-old Wyatt Cargill of Owasso inventoried his spoils moments later, he described the event as “very cool.”
“He has a lot of fun. He enjoys the bouncy places, the egg drop,” his father, David Cargill, said.
Gregg estimated attendance at between 5,000 and 10,000 people and said the draw has “gotten bigger every single year.”
Saturday was the Cargills third year in attendance.
Mother Terrie Cargill said the event is a good way to reach a lot of people and touch lives.
“It probably takes all year to put together,” she speculated.
Gregg said a large majority of Lifepoint’s 100-person congregation helps with the Egg Drop, which also offers paid helicopter rides, inflatable attractions, a Christian illusionist and a live band.
Thanks to Dr. HGP for bringing this to the attention of the It’s Interesting community.