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Community Easter event to be held this Sunday

An annual Easter event is being expanded this year to include an aerial Easter egg at the Cairo Municipal Airport.
Cairo Mayor Booker Gainor announced plans for the fifth annual Community Easter Jam 2k18 Monday night. For the last four years the event has been held at Holder Park, but the mayor sought the city council’s approval this week to move the event to the airport.
According to the mayor, approximately 1,000 wrapped, plastic eggs filled with candy will be dropped from an airplane flying at a low altitude at the airport.
“We will mark off a safe zone and children will not be allowed to run out to find the eggs until the plane has passed over and is gone,” Mayor Gainor said.
Another 1,000 eggs will be scattered about the safe zone for the children to gather, according to the mayor.
The Easter egg drop is weather dependent but the forecast appears favorable and the mayor says the aerial drop will occur between 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday evening.
“Our airport is underutilized and some smaller communities are capitalizing on their airports. Many kids have probably never been to our airport or seen a plane take off and land. This is a great opportunity to showcase the airport and expand the diversity of our annual Easter Jam,” Mayor Gainor said Monday night.
Cairo Municipal Airport fixed based operator Steven Bible said this week he hopes to make the event an annual event at the airport.
The mayor and airport official both said a similar event is held in Camilla and is very popular.
In an earlier discussion during Monday night’s council meeting a comment had been made that many southwest Cairo youth cannot get to Barber Park, which prompted Councilman Jerry Cox to ask, “If they can’t get to Barber Park, how are they going to get to the airport?”
According to Mayor Gainor, transportation will be provided to children who wish to attend but have no form of transportation to go. “We will get them there,” the mayor said.
The event kicks off at 3 p.m and will end at 7 p.m. In addition to the Easter egg drop and hunt, the event will feature free food, drinks, games and more.
Sponsors of the event include Maryland’s Fried Chicken, Zak’s Package Store, United National Bank, R.B.I Trucking, Cairo DUI School, Angels of Grace Community Wellness Center, and H&R Block.
Organizers, in addition to the mayor are, Cairo City Councilman Demario Byrden, Garrick Lockhart, Ashley Williams, Steven Bible and Jamie Bible.

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