On Saturday, a whole fleet of Easter bunnies disguised as deputies hopped to the sheriff’s office on State Route 65 to deliver more than 6,000 eggs for the good little kiddies of Franklin County.
About 400 people, mostly under the age of 13, attended the egg hunt. Hunters were divided into age groups and staged waiting to hear the deputies shout ‘Ready, set, go!’ There were about 20 eggs per child and some special eggs were spattered with glitter and could be traded for prizes at the end of the hunt.
Hayden Butler, 11, of Carrabelle took the grand prize for the day, the “World’s Largest Easter Basket,” but dozens of prizes were handed out in the course of the event, along with free hotdogs and drinks provided by the sheriff’s office, and shaved ice and popcorn provided by the Blountstown chapter of the Woodmen of the World Life Insurance Society.
The Easter treat has been provided by the sheriff’s office for more than 20 years. “I hope people will understand that law enforcement does more than arrest people,” Sheriff A. J. Smith said. “We are here to serve the community and this is just one way of giving back.”
Among the children who found a sparkling egg was Troy McKenzie, 9, of Eastpoint, who actually snagged both a silver and a gold egg. He presented the silver egg to his brother, Josh, 7, who did not find an egg of his own. Both boys took home sports-themed Easter baskets.