McGhee Tyson Air Guard base rolls out the eggs for annual hunt

Izabella King gets a lift from her father, Lt. Col. Jeffrey King.

Photo by Jenifer Clark

Izabella King gets a lift from her father, Lt. Col. Jeffrey King.

The Easter Bunny was busy last Saturday, and he turned the grassy field at McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base into a green carpet speckled with yellow, blue, orange and green.

The annual Easter Egg Hunt for the families of military and civilian personnel boasted over 6,000 plastic eggs hidden for the 85 children who came to enjoy an early Easter festivity.

The eggs were filled with candy, coins, dollar bills, plus some special prize eggs as the children hunted in age groups, filling their baskets and enjoying the day with their parents and friends.

Steve Latham, Family Programs coordinator at the air base, said the event went well, even though the cold weather kept the crowd down a bit.

“It was cold and very windy, and we couldn’t set up everything outside so we had to move the games and face painting inside,” he said, while the hunt still went on as planned outside. “The kids had a great time.”

The event is held annually for family members of military and civilian personnel on base. “It is basically for any family from the airbase -- all the military and civilian family members of the McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base,” said Latham. “We’ve been doing this maybe eight to 10 years and each year it has grown bigger and bigger.”

Volunteers with Operation Military Kids, a group that partners with students from the University of Tennessee and 4-H, did activities with the children such as face painting, arts and craft and games.

Volunteers and personnel with the Blount County Chapter of the American Red Cross provided assistance, the local Air Force Sergeant’s Association donated eggs, as did the East Tennessee Military Affairs Federal Credit Union.

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