All your eggs in one basket: Visiting and local children scramble at Destin's Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Destin Easter Egg Hunt

Kyle Major, 20-months-old and 19-month-old Murat Hatipoglu of New Orleans were dressed to impress as they hunted Easter eggs at Morgan Sports Center.

Jessica Coker | The Log
Published: Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at 03:08 PM.

On Saturday, as a horde of children happily hunted for the more than 11,000 cand-filled Easter eggs that were hidden throughout the park, parents and grandparents snapped pictures of their tiny tots.

Drawing hundreds of pastel-clad children every year, Destin's annual Easter Egg Hunt has become a favorite for both locals and tourists. Held annually at Morgan Sports Center on Indian Bayou Trail in Destin, the egg hunt offers participant’s five age groups — 0-1; 1-2; 3-4; 5-6; 7-9 and 10-12.

New Orleans residents and expert Easter egg hunters, 8-year-old Justice Allen and his cousin Kyle Major, 20-months-old, both proudly held baskets that were overflowing with dozens of colorful plastic eggs they had collected.

"I helped him a little bit," said Justice of assisting his younger cousin Kyle gather the Easter eggs. "I wanted him to have just as many."

There was also a small world moment for the Majors as fellow New Orleans-native, 19-month-old Murat Hatipoglu, was also in the hunt. Mother Chiquita Major told The Log that running into the Hatipoglu family in Destin was a complete surprise.

"Murat and my son (Kyle) are best friends," said Chiquita. "They go to the same preschool [in New Orleans]."

Maximizing all of the park’s fields — the day offers more than just spirited egg hunting competition. Games, prizes and even a photo-op with the Easter Bunny are part of the day’s festivities.

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