Easter Egg Drop


Forget putting your name in a church raffle for some Easter cash, risking your life dodging 60,000 eggs falling from a helicopter is MUCH more exciting. At least it is for people on the sidelines watching everyone else get hit in the face with plastic eggs.

Where is this again? We may just have to take a road trip!


Newington church has ‘secret location’ for this year’s egg drop

By Scott E. Kinney

Thursday, April 7, 2011

NEWINGTON — A “secret location” is among several changes to the Next Level Church’s Easter Egg Drop, now in its second year.

Last year’s event drew an estimated 12,000 people to the Rochester Fairgrounds where a helicopter dropped 60,000 plastic eggs filled with prizes and prize vouchers, including a plasma television and Nintendo Wiis.

Several complaints of children being knocked over or trampled as parents joined the children’s rush onto the field sprung from the event.

Changes to this year’s egg drop — to be held on April 24, Easter Sunday, from noon to 4 p.m. — are an effort to avoid that kind of activity from taking place this year, said the church’s lead pastor Joshua Gagnon.

In addition to the secret location, which will only be revealed the day of the event, the number of participants will be limited to 300. Event participants will also be required to join the church at its Easter observance, where the children will be given wristbands to allow them into the egg drop.

“We’re not trying to make it you have to go to church,” explained Gagnon. “It’s the only way to control the crowd. We have to limit that and it’s one of the ways we can limit it is that they come to church first.”

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