Children of all ages made their way to Coggin Park for the fifth annual Great Easter Egg Hunt and Candy Throw Down Saturday morning.

Brown County children were able to get their share of the 17,000 pieces of candy and 2,000 plastic eggs the hunt featured, which also included opportunities to take photographs with one of three Easter Bunnies.

“We [Wendlee Broadcasting] started this event as a way to give back to the community,” said Ben Cox, 96.9 The Breeze morning host and promotion director. “The event started out small, with maybe 1,000 parents and kids attending. Now, we have upwards of 3,000 kids coming.”

The first Easter egg hunt was the first event Cox took part in as an employee of Wendlee Broadcasting.

“I hadn’t even been on the air yet,” Cox said. “I came down with my daughter and we had a great time.”

Since its creation, planning for the annual event has become the staff’s favorite undertaking.

“We plan for this event all year,” Meghan Mask said. “My favorite part is seeing all of the kids' and parents' faces. Some parents come up and ask what it costs and when we tell them it’s free, you just see their faces light up.”

Along with the Easter egg hunts, Coggin Park was filled with several activities the children could enjoy including the obstacle course bounce house provided by Early Blooms & Things, pony rides, temporary tattoos given by the First United Methodist Church and emergency vehicles provided by the Brownwood Police Department, Brownwood Fire Department, Heart of Texas EMS and Air Evac Lifeteam. The event also featured a classic car show by the Heartland Cruisers, music by the Early High School jazz band and free hot dogs and drinks.

“Everything done for the hunt is done through sponsorships, donations and volunteers,” Cox said. “We really enjoy doing this for the community as a way to say thank you for listening to us.”

Brookeshire’s provided all of the candy and also hosted a booth where they gave out fresh fruit. Other sponsors for the event included Affiliated Bank, Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce, Early Chamber of Commerce, Bruner Auto Group, First Central Credit Union, Air Evac Lifeteam, Heartland Mall, Smile Crafters, Feat Studios, Dr. Pepper, Food Plaza and the First United Methodist Church of Brownwood.

Wendlee Broadcasting operates three different stations, KQBZ 96.9 The Breeze, KXYL Newstalk 102.3 FM/1240 AM and KSTA Country 1000 AM.