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When most people think of Easter egg hunts, visions of brightly colored, candy-filled plastic eggs dotting the lawn come to mind.

But a couple of Harford County organizations are taking the traditional egg hunt to the next level this Saturday — as their eggs will literally be dropping out of the sky or not just those normally associated with the Easter Bunny.

At Oak Grove Baptist Church in Bel Air, families are invited to attend the annual Easter Block Party Saturday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.

This year, instead of hiding thousands of eggs in the grass, a helicopter is expected to drop the eggs onto the church's field. The egg hunt will begin at 1 p.m.

"This is the first time we're doing an egg drop. Basically, the helicopter will come over and hover a bit," Rev. Trey Wooton, minister to children and senior adults at Oak Grove Baptist Church, said. "We have 5,000 eggs for the actual hunt. Hopefully, we'll drop most of them."

The church was able to secure the helicopter free of charge through connections of one of the church members.

"They're volunteering for us," Rev. Wooton said. "We're very excited."

The egg hunt will be split into two age groups for preschoolers and elementary students.

The field will be blocked off during the actual drop and an announcement will be made to inform visitors it is safe to hunt for eggs.

"We've taken all the safety measures possible to make sure this is done safely," Rev. Wooton said.

Rev. Wooton said more than 200 egg hunters showed up last year, despite pouring rain, for the Easter Block Party.

"It really depends on the weather," he said. "This weekend is supposed to be beautiful. We're expecting a ton of people."

The Easter Block Party is free and open to the public. Registration will take place onsite. The event includes free food, pony rides, inflatable games and a martial arts demonstration.

"It's a good family-oriented event that's good for all ages," Rev. Wooton said. "All the activities are for different ages of kids."

Rev. Wooton said the purpose of the party is outreach to the community and to celebrate Easter.

"We want people to come out and have a good time celebrating Easter," he said. "It's one of the most important times of the year to celebrate the risen Savior."

At the Anita C. Leight Estuary Center in Abingdon, there will be an egg hunt pontoon on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.

The cost is $4 for children 13 and under and $6 for adults.

"It's a combination land-based and boat-based program," Kriste Garman, parks naturalist for the estuary, said. "It's focusing basically on eggs in the natural world."

The event starts with a small egg hunt at the estuary's pontoon pier.

"They'll be hunting plastic eggs as well as some model eggs," Garman said. "When we get on the boat, they will be looking for frog eggs and some bird nests around the edge of the shoreline and we may look for turtle eggs."

This year is the first time the center is sponsoring an egg hunt by pontoon boat, and the estuary staff decided Easter would be the perfect time.

"We try to do programming to get people in touch with the natural world," Garman said. "And it gets people thinking along those lines as well. It combines natural history with cultural holidays."

To register for the egg hunt pontoon, please call the estuary center at 410-612-1688.


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