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Hundreds of children and parents showed up at the Root River Community Church’s first Community Wide Easter Egg Event last Saturday. Eggs were to be dropped from a helicopter, but logistics didn’t allow that to proceed, so instead they were dropped from= a cherry picker by Norman’s Electric Services. The kids waited patiently before the mad dash to pick up eggs filled with candy. See page 10 for more photos.
TCR/Matthew Rodenburg Hundreds of children and parents showed up at the Root River Community Church’s first Community Wide Easter Egg Event last Saturday. Eggs were to be dropped from a helicopter, but logistics didn’t allow that to proceed, so instead they were dropped from= a cherry picker by Norman’s Electric Services. The kids waited patiently before the mad dash to pick up eggs filled with candy. See page 10 for more photos.
After months of planning from the Root River Community Church (RRCC), Saturday’s Community Wide Easter Egg Event was a huge hit thanks to over 20 volunteers and hundreds of children and parents who came out in force.

While the hunt on April 8 saw kids running across a field to pick up their Easter eggs, the two-hour event was filled with plenty of other things to keep kids occupied.

RRCC offered face painting, a petting zoo, basketball and opportunities to view the inside of police and fire department vehicles as well as a kid’s train making constant drives around RRCC’s parking lot.

The event also held several giveaways including: Jessie Street Java gift cards, helicopter rides with Paul Peterson Aviation and a Hoverboard.

“It was amazing,” said RRCC Pastor Mike Osterbauer. “It was a great day. Everybody seemed to have fun.”

Due to the sheer size of the event, RRCC has been planning it for over three months.

The church has been in communication with the police department and fire department.

Several church families provided the animals for the petting zoo while Norman’s Electric Services provided the cherry picker to drop the eggs from while Paul Peterson Aviation did a fly by in a plane, signifying an aerial egg drop.

The logistics didn’t work for the eggs to be dropped from a helicopter as originally planned.

“I approached Paul about (utilizing his helicopter to drop eggs) a year ago, and it didn’t work out,” said Osterbauer. “He approached me this last December and said, ‘We should try to make it happen!’”

Osterbauer added that in the weeks leading up to the event, the entire congregation showed their complete support.

“It was really a whole church thing,” he explained. “A cool part of it was the packing party the weekend before.”

Osterbauer estimated that around 100 volunteers helped to put candy into the eggs.

“Easter is a huge deal to us as a church,” said Osterbauer. “It’s the fact that Jesus came, died on the cross and rose from the grave, because he loves us. We wanted to celebrate that with the whole community.”

While it is too soon to tell, Osterbauer could see the church making this an annual event.

“We might have to get more eggs for next year,” he shared. He also noted that they would look to get an even longer train as well. “The line for the train was really long.”