Easter hopping at Heritage Park

Published 8:23 pm Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Children pass the time waiting to have their pictures taken with the Easter Bunny by competing in an egg drop race during Easter in the Park Saturday morning.

A beautiful spring day was the backdrop for one of the most successful Easter in the Park events to date Saturday at Heritage Park.

Crowds kept the park packed for the fourth annual event, with eager children anxiously waiting for their turn to meet the Easter Bunny.

“I thought it went wonderfully,” Atmore Chamber Director Sheryl Vickery said. “I talked to Clay (Lisenby), the photographer, and he said he had a great day.”

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In addition to Easter pictures, Easter in the Park also provided plenty of fun arts and crafts and games for the public to enjoy on a sunny Saturday morning.

“It was just a happy day,” Vickery said. “We had more than a 150 people I’m sure. When we got there with the train at nine, there were already people there.”

Vickery said the addition of the train, the W.S.R.R. (Williams Station Rail Road) 93, sponsored by Escofab Inc. and Gulf Winds Federal Credit Union, was a fun new way to keep the crowds entertained.

“I think the train added a lot to it,” she said. “It was full and it kept going the whole time. Easter is a happy time and it’s just a great time of the year for people to get out and enjoy the weather. I think we should use our train as much as possible for things like that.”

In addition to train rides, Easter in the Park also featured areas for sidewalk chalk and bubble blowing, booths with refreshments and an egg drop contest overseen by members of the 2012 class of Chamber Ambassadors.

Vickery said she was glad to see such a great turn out for the event, but added watching even one child enjoy Easter in the Park is always a joy.

“Just seeing the kids and the parents having a great time makes it all worth while,” she said.