The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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April 17, 2011

Family Worship Center plans egg drop

BECKLEY — A year after Operation Egg Drop comes The Amazing Egg Drop.

Once again, the Church of God Family Worship Center will have its annual egg drop event, this time Saturday, April 23.

“This is the third year we’ve done this, and it’s grown each year,” Pastor Ken Wright said. “We have over 20 different vendors and organizations that are going to be participating this year with us setting up booths at the church.”

The Saturday egg drop is the centerpiece event of the church’s Amazing Grace Weekend, which features a drama/musical Friday and an Easter celebration Sunday.

As in years past, the eggs will fall from the sky at the church’s campus at 224 Pine-wood Drive in Beckley.

“We’re going to drop 25,000 stuffed eggs with candy and whatnot out of a helicopter,” Wright said. “It’s divided in four different age groups up to 12 years old. That way, the little ones are not run over by the bigger ones. They all get their turn.”

The age groups will be 2 and under, 3 to 4, 5 to 8 and 9 to 12. Wright said use of the helicopter was provided by Chandler Swope, an independent business owner from Bluefield.

Each year, the event has grown in both participants and eggs, Wright said.

“It really has (grown),” he said. “Last year, we had over 2,500 people who registered, and we didn’t get everybody registered here on campus. We estimated probably about 3,500 people last year. Each year, we’ve increased how many eggs we’ve dropped. We started off with 15,000. Last year, we did 20,000. This year, we’re doing 25,000.”

In addition to the egg drop, there will be booths and entertainment Saturday.

“There’s going to be something to do all throughout the day — live entertainment, inflatables, food,” Wright said. “You name it. We’re going to keep them busy.”

Wright said some of the entertainment will include bands and dramas, pony rides and possibly a mechanical bull.

Jan-Care Ambulance, The West Virginia Miners, Girl Scouts of the USA, Boy Scouts of America, Cowboys for Christ, Starbucks, American Red Cross, March of Dimes and the American Cancer Society will be among the participating booths, Wright said.

The entire weekend is an effort toward getting the community and the church to interact, Wright said.

“Really, it’s just a way for us to reach out to our community, and it’s a means of community outreach for us to let people know we’re here,” he said. “We just want to be able to offer some things back to the community during this special time for us as Christians.”

The weekend will begin with the drama/musical “Redeemed” at 7 p.m. Friday. The egg drop will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. On Sunday, the church will have its Easter celebration at 10 a.m.

For more information, contact the Family Worship Center at 304-252-8474.

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

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