An Easter party for the local special-needs community is set for Saturday at Nash Farm Park in Hampton. The party is sponsored by People First of Henry County and the Henry County Parks and Recreation Department.
By Jason A. Smith
HAMPTON — Nash Farm Park in Hampton will host an Extra Special Easter Party for special-needs residents and their families Saturday.
More than 600 attendees are expected at the eighth annual event, which is scheduled from 2-4:30 p.m., said Connie Dodgen, a director for People First of Henry County. Her organization is sponsoring the event along with the Henry County Parks and Recreation Department.
“Right now, we have 202 special-needs people — and that’s double from last year — that have RSVP’d,” she said.
Highlights of the occasion will include a trio of egg hunts for special-needs guests and their families, which will kick off at 2:15 p.m. Dodgen said the hunts will feature a total of 10,000 eggs for party-goers to find at the park.
“One of the hunts is adaptable for people who are physically challenged,” said Dodgen. “Some of them are on walkers, and some of them walk slower.”
Activities will include games, inflatables, a train ride, a hay ride, Bingo, a Great American Cookie walk, a stuffed animal walk, crafts, hula hoops, face painting, balloons and bubbles. Star, the mascot for the Atlanta Dream women’s basketball team, will make an appearance, and Momentum Christian Church will also supply an ice cream truck for the occasion.
There will also be giveaways of Easter baskets for special needs children and adults at 4 p.m. in the gazebo at Nash Farm, said Dodgen.
“We have about 100 this year to give away, so to get one, the families need to stay to the end of the day,” she said.
More than 100 volunteers have signed up to help with the party, including Henry County Solicitor General Trea Pipkin. He will portray the Easter Bunny, just as he has done for the last two years.
“I am honored that People First would ask me for the third consecutive year to assist them with their Easter Egg hunt for those with disabilities,” said Pipkin. “It is a wonderful event, and you can really feel the love from everyone out there.”