The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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April 8, 2012

30,000 eggs. A bounty of anticipation. One blue, blue sky.

BECKLEY — It was raining eggs Saturday at the Family Worship Center’s “egg”-stravaganza.

Several thousands of people, both young and young at heart, attended the Easter Egg Drop.

Theresa Whittaker, of Beaver, brought her two kids out and they were pumped for the egg drop.

“It is our first time at this event, but they are ready,” she said.

Children, divided into four age groups, lined up and waited for a helicopter to drop 30,000 Easter eggs.

Kids claimed their eggs filled with candy, fun erasers, rope bracelets and more.

Justin Morris, of Wheeling, who is visiting relatives in the area for Easter, stood waiting for his three kids to come back from collecting eggs.

“This event is just a great way to get them excited about Easter and excited before we go to church with the grandparents,” he said. “It’s a lot of fun, but there are also vendors out here to talk to the kids about Jesus. So there is some religious aspect to it and we appreciate that.

“It’s ‘egg’-cellent,” he joked.

Cowboys for Christ, an international organization headquartered in Texas, gave pony rides at the Egg Drop.

“We try to go and witness to the community at different events and horse shows, anywhere we can go and be with the public,” said Sharon Hartsog.

Author and retired Raleigh County School Teacher Judith A. Harrah was autographing her books and giving away hoodies at the event.

“Most of my books are Bible-based and most written for children between the ages of 2 and 12. I want to give parents tools to help them produce strong children,” she said.

She gave away hoodies like one of her book’s characters wears and had books for sale.

Linda K. Epling came out to give away Miners Baseball shirts and collectibles.

“It is good to come out and meet new people and see old friends,” she said.

The Chick-fil-A cow also made an appearance alongside other vendors and ministries, like Living with Purpose, a Family Worship Center widow’s ministry.

Coffee Beans and Books was also at the event selling their best-selling coffee, “Jamaican Me Crazy.”

“We are out here like everybody else — to support the community,” said manager Punkie Richmond.

— E-mail: splummer@register-herald.com

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