published Friday, April 10th, 2009

Ringgold: Helicopter to drop 20,000 Easter eggs


by Beverly Carroll

RINGGOLD, Ga. — If searching for Easter eggs hidden on the ground isn’t exciting enough for you, what about 20,000 eggs being dropped from a helicopter?

Starting at 11 a.m. Saturday, thousands of plastic, pastel eggs will rain down from a chopper onto the Ringgold High School football field.

IF YOU GO

What: Helicopter Easter Egg Drop

Where: Ringgold High School football field

When: Registration at 9:30 a.m. Saturday; egg drop/hunt at 11 a.m.

Information: Bonnie Wagner, 706-965-3791 or http://ringgolddowntownpartners.org.

“The eggs will all be filled with candy or toys and coupons from local businesses,” said Bonnie Wagner, owner of Ringgold Power Sports. “All the businesses have contributed money, so the event is completely free for the children.”

Chattanooga Poured Walls donated the service of the helicopter, said Ms. Wagner, project team leader with Ringgold Downtown Partners, the event sponsor. She said up to 20,000 eggs will be dropped from the helicopter.

The event is free, but children up to age 12 should register to take part and will be grouped by age. Other free activities include face painting, train rides, inflatable rides and story time from the Catoosa County Library. There will even be free photos with the Easter Bunny. Concession stands will sell food.

Joy Thornton, owner of United Gift Shop, said the downtown partners relied on volunteers to organize the event, find donations and to manage Saturday’s activities.

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