Helicopter egg drop attracts massive crowd

CityReach Church estimated that its "Easter Experience," which featured an over-the-top egg hunt, drew 10,000 people on Saturday to the River Fields.

A helicopter drops plaster eggs out of the sky Saturday, April 20, as part of the Easter Experience, an over-the-top egg hunt held at the River Fields at Pennypack on the Delaware. JACK TOMCZUK / TIMES PHOTO

A mad rush of children scampered through the mud Saturday afternoon shortly after a helicopter dumped thousands of Easter eggs onto the River Fields at Pennypack on the Delaware.

The “Easter Experience,” co-hosted by CityReach Church and Sixth District Councilman Bobby Henon’s office, drew a large crowd despite the threat of rain. The Tacony church estimated that 10,000 people attended the event.

“It’s a little overwhelming, but exciting,” CityReach Pastor Mark Novales said minutes before the egg drop. “We’re just honored by the opportunity to serve people.”

Kids rush the field as the Easter egg hunt begins Saturday, April 20, at the River Fields at Pennypack on the Delaware. JACK TOMCZUK / TIMES PHOTO

Novales said his church, based at 6814 Torresdale Ave., was planning for about 1,000 people. He said CityReach will know to prepare for more people next year.

“It shows the popularity of Easter and the coming together of a community,” said Councilman At-Large Al Taubenberger, who also showed up for the event.

In addition to a 30,000-egg hunt, the Easter Experience featured activities for toddlers, face painting, balloon animals, music and photos with the Easter Bunny. CityReach also distributed around 1,000 boxes of food to those in need.

Kids collect eggs during the Easter Experience, an over-the-top egg hunt hosted by CityReach Church Saturday at the River Fields at Pennypack on the Delaware. JACK TOMCZUK / TIMES PHOTO

Frankford Candy donated 10,000 eggs, and Easter Outreach also served as a co-host of the event. Sponsors included Walmart, the Tacony Community Development Corporation, AmeriHealth Caritas, the Tacony Civic Association, Sannutti Funeral Home, Wawa Community Cares, St. Bernard Catholic Church, The Block Church and Dunkin’ Donuts. ••