50,000 Easter eggs to fall from the sky

Connection Church thinks big
Apr. 11, 2014 @ 03:08 PM

Brent McDowell's job at Connection Church in Wallburg is to “think big.”

Is dropping 50,000 eggs from a helicopter onto a football field big enough?

“Easter Egg Drop 2014” will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 19, at Ledford High School. The feature attraction will be a sea of plastic eggs floating down from the sky.

“We just want to show the community that we love them and appreciate them,” said McDowell, Connection Church outreach director and a Thomasville police officer. “The purpose is just to give back to the community.”

All 50,000 eggs will not be dropped out of the helicopter at one time, but in four separate intervals for children up to 12 years old. Beginning at 10:15 a.m., a helicopter will make four flyovers to drop thousands of plastic eggs filled with candy.

McDowell came up with the idea just to see if it could be done.

“At the end of last year we decided that every quarter we wanted to do something to show love for the community we're in,” McDowell said.”I asked what it would look like to bring in a helicopter and drop Easter eggs. I thought ‘what would it be like to do 50,000 of them.’ We decided to just do it.”

Easter eggs falling from the sky highlight a day packed with events for the entire family. “Easter Egg Drop 2014” includes pony rides, a petting zoo, bounce houses, face painting, balloon artists, cotton candy and plenty of food. Professional BMX bicycle stunt shows are scheduled for 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

“This is pretty much a whole day of fun for the entire family,” said McDowell. “The helicopters and the eggs will be a big thing for the kids but we wanted to do something that would involve everybody.”

Giveaways throughout the day offer a chance to win a TV, couch, iPads and more. Pastor Scott Newton said the event wouldn't be possible without support from the surrounding community.

“Our constituents are a little different in that we don't see ourselves as ‘owning’ this event,” Newton said. “We simply see ourselves as facilitators of a community endeavor that will enable anyone that wants to make a difference and help out to do so. We encourage the entire community to come be a part of this to see the transformation of a community for Jesus.”

Shuttle services at Ledford Middle School and Friendship Elementary School begin at 9:30 a.m.

For more information, call 883-0142.


Staff Writer Eliot Duke can be reached at 888-3578 or duke@tvilletimes.com.