On April 4, the Imagine Church Easter Egg Drop came to Grand Park in Westfield. This year marked the fourth annual running of the event, although the location was new.
“We’ve enjoyed hosting it at various schools in Westfield but we knew that if we wanted to grow the event, we had to find a long-term location that could accommodate where we want to take it,” Imagine Church Pastor Brad Ruggles said. “This year, the City of Westfield joined us as a strategic partner as we moved the event to Grand Park. Everything about Grand Park was fantastic. There was plenty of parking, lots of room for the event and the team of people from the City and Grand Park were awesome to work with. We look forward to continuing to grow the event there for years to come.”
This year, the registration for the 850 available slots opened and closed in only 18 hours after the mailer hit mailboxes.
“This year’s Easter Egg Drop drew our largest crowd yet and filled up in record time,” said Clay Stevens, connections pastor. “We were thrilled with the turnout and loved the feel of the event in our new location.”
For those that did sign up in time, the event was an afternoon of fun-filled activities. By far the highlight of the event was the egg hunt. A helicopter flew over the fields and dropped more than 15,000 plastic Easter eggs. Children were then released by age group to their designated field, to collect eggs and turn them in, in exchange for candy and prizes. Other activities included live music, stage acts, inflatable bounce houses and slides, face-painting, photo booth pictures, carnival games, an inflatable toddler area, and an obstacle course. Volunteers from Imagine Church ran the entire event.
“Our volunteers continue to amaze me with their willingness to serve! We had over 90 volunteers of all ages from Imagine Church who covered every aspect of the event – setup, teardown, security, games and much more. It’s truly a joy to work with such dedicated people who are committed to loving and serving their community,” said event coordinator Jessy Cole.