While organizers of one Easter egg hunt at Central City Park have called it quits, another group is going strong there with its own festivities Saturday.
Organizers of the Mighty Rock Citywide Easter Egg Hunt say they hope to have 2,000 or more children at the park Saturday morning when they hold their egg hunt, beginning at 11 a.m.
For 28 years, the event -- which uses the nickname of legendary WIBB disc jockey Robert Roberts -- was held at Tattnall Square Park near Mercer University. But it moved to Central City Park in 2010 and has been there since.
Its all about the children -- helping the children and keeping the dream alive, the 76-year-old Roberts said Friday.
Another egg hunt at Central City Park, sponsored for years by Kids Yule Love, wont be held this year because some parents got too unruly during the search and children were hurt, said Joe Allen, a Bibb County commissioner and founder of the organization.
News that the Easter egg hunt had been canceled because of a few disorderly adults spread far and wide Friday, with news outlets across the country -- as far away as Los Angeles -- contacting Allen to ask about the situation.
I was flabbergasted, he said.
At a news conference Friday, Allen and Roberts son, Eric Quick, fielded questions about both events.
Asked about any episodes of bad behavior involving parents at the Mighty Rock event, Quick said: Weve never had that problem.
Quick, who is helping organize Saturdays fun, said planners lost some traditional sponsors this year, but several businesses stepped forward to help.
He said he hopes parents will conduct themselves appropriately and remember what the event is all about.
Its not a black or white event. Its a right event for these kids. ... We want it to be a big, memorable event for the kids.
The presence of Macon police, Bibb County deputies and Macon-Bibb County firefighters helps ensure the childrens safety, he said.
There will be prizes and snacks for the children Saturday. Among the special eggs that children will find is a golden one that his father has used for years.
Theres no money inside any of the eggs, he said. Instead, there are business cards that finders can redeem for prizes.
Clubs and organizations, including the Flaming Knights motorcycle club, have been instrumental in pulling the event together.
Telegraph writer Oby Brown contributed to this report.