Beautiful weather and a joyous spirit in the heart reigned throughout Franklin County last weekend, in celebration of the Easter holiday.

On Saturday morning, Apalachicola Main Street, Bring Me A Book Franklin, and PALS (Patrons of Apalachicola Library Society) partnered to host the second annual Apalachicola Community Easter Egg Hunt on the grounds of the Chapman Botanical Garden.

Approximately 300 people attended. Mayor Van Johnson welcomed the attendees and sounded the horn to signal the start of the hunt. 

In addition to 3,000 eggs stuffed with candy by volunteers, each hunt area contained a special golden egg that entitled the finder to a special gift basket. 

There were also prize drawings for three new bicycles and two gift baskets. In addition, Bring Me a Book Franklin volunteers gave each child a free age-appropriate book to take home. 

The event was made possible by contributions from Ace Hardware, Frank Cook, CVS, Dollar General, Duke Energy, Forgotten Coast Solutions, Hong Kong Bistro, Marks Insurance, Tresann Martin, Piggly Wiggly, Roberson & Associates, George and Bella Rudo, Lori Switzer, and Tabernacle of Faith. Special thanks went to the many volunteers and the Orman House State Park.

The scene in Eastpoint that afternoon was every bit as vibrant and cheerful, as hundreds of children and their parents attended the sheriff's annual Easter egg hunt, on the grounds adjacent to the offices on State Route 65.

Kids could enjoy a bounce house, as they readied for the hunt. Volunteers helped distribute the many prizes given away, and there were plenty of hot dogs and snacks to enjoy.

Early Sunday morning, people on St. George Island, from the Methodist and Baptist churches, took part in a sunrise service on the beach. There was one in Eastpoint as well.

From then on it was a day of celebration at all the churches, and later at home with family and friends.