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Easter Bunny delivers eggs to Geneva by helicopter

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  • The Easter Bunny and Chris Meegan of Chicago Helicopter Express dump seven 5-gallon buckets of candy-filled plastic eggs at the start of the helicopter egg drop Saturday at Faith Baptist Mill Creek Creek Church in Geneva.

       The Easter Bunny and Chris Meegan of Chicago Helicopter Express dump seven 5-gallon buckets of candy-filled plastic eggs at the start of the helicopter egg drop Saturday at Faith Baptist Mill Creek Creek Church in Geneva.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Jordan Cote, 3, of Geneva, rests among plastic eggs after having her picture taken by her parents Saturday at Faith Baptist Mill Creek Creek Church's egg hunt in Geneva.

       Jordan Cote, 3, of Geneva, rests among plastic eggs after having her picture taken by her parents Saturday at Faith Baptist Mill Creek Creek Church's egg hunt in Geneva.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Eddie English of Geneva and his son, Deacon, 13 months, use a different technique to collect a few eggs Saturday at Faith Baptist Mill Creek Creek Church's egg hunt in Geneva.

       Eddie English of Geneva and his son, Deacon, 13 months, use a different technique to collect a few eggs Saturday at Faith Baptist Mill Creek Creek Church's egg hunt in Geneva.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Vincent Blanquel, 1½, of Batavia is unfazed by the ruckus going on around him Saturday during the Easter egg hunt at Faith Baptist Mill Creek Creek Church in Geneva.

       Vincent Blanquel, 1½, of Batavia is unfazed by the ruckus going on around him Saturday during the Easter egg hunt at Faith Baptist Mill Creek Creek Church in Geneva.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • The Easter Bunny is ready to take off for the helicopter egg drop Saturday at Faith Baptist Mill Creek Creek Church in Geneva.

       The Easter Bunny is ready to take off for the helicopter egg drop Saturday at Faith Baptist Mill Creek Creek Church in Geneva.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Kids take off running for the egg hunt Saturday at Faith Baptist Mill Creek Creek Church in Geneva.

       Kids take off running for the egg hunt Saturday at Faith Baptist Mill Creek Creek Church in Geneva.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

 
 

Flying several hundred feet above a crowd of about 800 families, the Easter Bunny sent plastic candy-filled eggs cascading like a colorful waterfall onto a grassy field at Faith Baptist Mill Creek Church in Geneva on Saturday morning.

Seven 5-gallon buckets of eggs (sealed with tape to survive impact) were poured on a field already heavily peppered with eggs. Kids armed with baskets, plastic bags and in one case a baseball cap waited to gather their share of 12,000 eggs available for kids of all age groups. As many as 800 families joined in, according to Dennis Joynt, church member and egg hunt volunteer.

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Hunts were intended to be divided into four age groups, but the excited kids proved hard to hold back in their excitement -- so the volunteers let them go.

Joynt said he saw kids sharing with one another, adding eggs to baskets of children who didn't fare so well with their hunts. In one case he noticed, "They loaded that empty basket up. It was nice to see that."

Parishioners Eddie and Dana English of St. Charles brought their son, Deacon, 13 months, to the hunt.

"It was really cute. It was something different. There are a lot of other events but for smaller kids you need a lot more excitement. So a helicopter in the sky is so much stimulation, it's perfect," Dana said, laughing.

Ada Fields, 9, of Batavia was skeptical at first, but was quickly won over.

"I thought it was going to be really boring, but it was actually really awesome," Ava said, as her father Brent chuckled at her response. She said the best part was getting an egg full of Jolly Ranchers candy. She and her sisters, Delaney, 6, and Reese, 4, were able to collect about 20 eggs each.

The Easter Bunny was flown by Chicago Helicopter Express, and 5-minute rides were available for $25 after the hunt.

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