MOODY — More than 60 children and adults gathered at Mother Neff State Park on Saturday for the annual Easter egg hunt.
The youngsters, egged on by their parents, scampered across the grassy park gathering more than 1,000 plastic eggs that contained coupons for free candy.
In the shade of the park’s Rock Tabernacle, children queued up to have artist Jennifer Wegert, of China Spring, paint butterflies, flowers, spiders and hearts on their faces.
They got in line to make Easter hats from newspapers and watched Susie Wingo demonstrate how to use an air compressor to blow eggs, leaving hollow shells to be decorated.
Sack races and three-legged races captured the competitive spirit of many of the older children while the younger participants tested their skill with a hula hoop.
“We are very happy with the turnout,” said Richard Spindle, president of the Mother Neff State Park Association, which organized the activities. The event drew people from the surrounding area — Moody, Oglesby, Waco, Temple and Gatesville — as well as from farther away.
Mackenzie and Kaitlyn Dorsche, 7-year-old twin sisters from Katy, came to the park with their grandmother, Charlene Dorsche of Gatesville. Lydia Craig, 3, and her 7-month-old sister, Millie, hail from Arkansas, but are in the area temporarily because their father works on the BridgeTex Pipeline.
For information about Mother Neff State Park, call 254-853-2389.