Helicopter Drops Easter Eggs From the Sky in Hartland

More than 10,000 watch event hosted by Cornerstone Church of Highland.

A helicopter dropped 15,000 eggs from the air on behalf of the Easter Bunny on Satuday before a crowd of at least a couple thousand people at .

In total, event sponsor Cornerstone Church of Highland gave away more than 30,000 eggs on the soccer fields outside the school. of Hartland shot and gave away photos taken at its Easter scene.

In addition, the event featured large prizes for those who found a medal with a red, white and blue ribbon attached. For instance, Logan Tobel, of Hartland, won an iPod Touch with a medal he found in his egg.

To watch a video from the helicopter, check our Facebook page and the Facebook page of the church.

Editor's note: This story was updated to reflect a more accurate crowd estimate.

Nick April 24, 2011 at 01:09 PM
What a disaster - lines more than a mile long, thousands of people turned away. My wife's friend was the only one to actually get in the mudbath and one kid got one egg and the other didn't get any Very poorly organized with not thought for how many people would turn up!!!!! Not a good way to garner interest in your church. I have never seen so many disappointed, crying kids in my life
Norma Machala April 24, 2011 at 01:54 PM
A mudbath it was, of course due to the heavy rains Friday night. I expected organized chaos, but it was MUCH worse than I expected! I think they over advertised the event and while 30,000 eggs is quite a lot, I firmly believe that there were much more than 2,000 people in attendance! (My guess would be at least 5,000-if not more). I also saw quite a few upset kids with no eggs, my son got 3. I would venture to guess that within 30 seconds (or less) from the rope barricaide coming down the eggs were gone. I shudder to think what the Hartland Athletic Department is going to think when they get a look at the area Monday....I would doubt they will let this happen again and I know that we would not attend this event should it happen again.
joddi April 24, 2011 at 03:16 PM
This was the most horrible evant I have ever been too. My kids were so excited to go. I get physically sick to my stomach when i think about those "crazy " parents that were involved. I witness a mom grab a child (not her own of course) by the back of his jacket and literally throw him to thr ground. For what? to get her own kids more eggs. I have 4 kids. they didn't get 1 egg. Parents were pushing kids and even leaving their own kids behind, just to grab eggs. really parents was it so importand to hurt others just for a chance for your own kid to get a nice prize? You all should be ashamed of yourself!!! In the 5-6 yr old spot, parents had no business going in their with their kids. My 9 yr old was thrown to the ground by a dad! was it worth it guys? I will never attend anything like this again. Kids were crying. There was so many kids lost. What an absolute disaster!!!! I hope you parenst who did this (and you know who you are) feel sick thinking about what you did, and realize how stupid you looked.
Andrea April 24, 2011 at 05:16 PM
It was very disorganized and chaotic when it was time to get the eggs. I believe the age groups were 3 -12. Many parents and teenagers rushed in with the registered kids. I could not believe what was happening. My son was pushed around and my niece had some eggs STOLEN right out of her bag. This was a church event. What is wrong with people these days?!
Cara April 24, 2011 at 05:22 PM
I totally agree with you Joddi. I know that the church had good intentions in putting this on for the community but what a disaster! My sister and I both took out children there with the intent of them having alot of fun gathering easter eggs. However, instead of seeing alot of kids having fun I saw a bunch of parents acting like animals and pushing/shoving/tripping other children just to get a plastic egg. Obviously these parents did not hear the announcer asking the parents not to pick up the eggs but to leave them for the children, or were to greedy to follow the rules. I do not blame the church I blame the idiot parents that don't know how to control themselves. These parents should be ashamed of themselves!!!
Lynn April 24, 2011 at 06:45 PM
It was a great idea from the church, but turned out to be a disaster. I can't tell you how many kids came away crying. I'd have to say most of the kids I saw were extremely disappointed. I realize it was free and it was done with nothing but the best intentions, but kids don't understand that. With 30,000 eggs you'd think that each child would at least get one. I think a majority of the kids got none. Great idea, bad execution.
joddi April 24, 2011 at 09:14 PM
Can you image if it wasn't free?
Greg Light April 24, 2011 at 10:05 PM
Regardless of intentions, the organizers of this event dropped more than eggs, they dropped the ball big time! Unfortunately, field space in Hartland for youth athletics is extremely limited. The field on which this event occurred is currently used Monday thru Friday for three different lacrosse teams. Beginning in August, it will be used everyday for football. This particular field does not drain well and given the rain this spring, particularly the torrential downpour Saturday morning, the field had standing water on it. Nevertheless, these people forged ahead ,with no regard for this field and the damage that would occur. To exacerbate matters, these geniuses drove vehicles on this water soaked, muddy field, causing severe ruts, making the field extremely dangerous and unusable for the teams scheduled to use it. It is unthinkable to me that adults would do this to a field utilized for our children. Any person with half a brain would know that a field with standing water and mud cannot be trampled with thousands of people, let alone drive on it. I am completely flabbergasted by this complete and utter lack of judgement and responsiblity. The organizers of this event should be ashamed for allowing this to occur!
Linda April 25, 2011 at 01:13 AM
What a wonderful, gracious idea Cornerstone Church had that sadly turned out very disappointing for many. The advertising said to get there early, we did 9:20 to be exact. My girls are 9 & 11, registered them, bounced in the bounce house and then waited over an hour by the rope at the 9-12 section for the event to start. I stepped away around 10:30 so I would not be in the way of any of the kids. As the time got closer my girls were pushed and shoved around by other kids trying to get closer. They were very excited to watch the helicopter drop the eggs but it appeared that most went into the 7-8 section. My 11 yr old was shoved down in the mud as the children were rushing in to collect eggs. I have heard that there were many parents ignoring the rules and acting inappropriate by pushing and shoving and collecting eggs themselves. With so many children not getting one single egg & worse yet separated from their parents there were a lot of tears. I am grateful the church reached out to the community. I just wish they would of set a limit per age group. Thank goodness they turned people away when they did as it was at least 4 times over an acceptable capacity as it was. Get there early next time! There were just too many children aloud to participate. Thank you Cornerstone for your wonderful Christian gesture. My only suggestion is if you ever do this again put a limit on the participants, so no child that gets there at a reasonable time has to go home empty handed.God Bless!
Norma Machala April 25, 2011 at 01:16 AM
I do really feel bad for the organizers of this event, I am sure they only had the best intentions for this event that was planned for the KIDS....They could not help the rain that came, but maybe had a backup plan-just in case? The parents that didn't follow the rules should be ashamed, there are always some-aren't there? I would like to thank the organizers for their good intentions, it should have been a fun event for the kids.
Jennifer Whitbeck April 25, 2011 at 12:37 PM
If they do hold this event again maybe a pre-registration to come to the event and then set a limit on the number allowed to attend. For their first event unfortunately I think they might have over advertised to an extended area of cities which if they had kept it to word of mouth and some ads in the community life it would have been a lot less. There were so many from out of the local area such as Flint that maybe they were just thinking big. Unfortunately the rain did make for a very messy egg drop. Several were in flip flops and the little ones dressed in more springy colors got very muddy. The event was very unique and I am sure will be better the next time if they do it again.
Shanarama April 25, 2011 at 01:15 PM
Seriously what do people expect? These "type" of events are all the same, too many people, not enough eggs. we saw the ad for this enent and did not even consider attending.
Cheryl April 26, 2011 at 01:47 AM
I was reminded that the true meaning of Easter is not the egg drop or the unruly adults who do not go to church. It really isn't about music, free prizes, and candy. The true meaning is about the ressurection. Christians do not need to be entertained but rather need to be connected. I appreciate the gesture but my kids will never again be sucked into such an event. I am ashamed that I was.
Jennifer Whitbeck April 26, 2011 at 02:30 AM
A note from Cornerstone church: Dear Friends, We are so incredibly thankful to our community for participating in our Helicopter Easter Egg drop this past Saturday at Hartland Middle School. To see that many people from all walks of life come together with their families for an event was truly amazing. Our hearts entering into the event was simply to bless the community with something that was free for the entire family. We know that with the economy being what it is, it is still important to make memories with those you love in a way that you can afford. We also know that kids love candy, so we thought this event would be perfect for them. As a staff, with over 200 volunteers for the event, we were so excited to just come and bless you all that came. As the morning progressed however we soon realized that the turnout far surpassed what we had expected. In the past, for various events, we have advertised on the radio, with multiple billboards and fliers and have only drawn out around four thousand people, sometimes less. However, with this event we are now estimating that between 10,000 to 15,000 people were in attendance. Though we stopped accepting people in registration and turned them away after our registration wristbands were given out, it didn’t stop people from coming.
Jennifer Whitbeck April 26, 2011 at 02:31 AM
Part 2 from Cornerstone Church: What seemed like a lot of eggs, 30,000, we realized was not enough. Within 20 seconds of the eggs being dropped they were gone, leaving many families and children without a single egg. We wanted to send out a public apology from Cornerstone to you, attendees, for those of you who left disappointed without eggs. We know many of you and your children were heartbroken and that you invested a lot of time into attending. We also want to apologize for those of you that felt overwhelmed by the event. Again, we did not expect this many people attending. Our promise to you is that we will make it right. To Hartland Middle School we will work with you to repair your grounds. To our parents and all you precious families that came out, we promise that if we do this event again it will be revamped. First of all, we will organize it best for your safety and the safety of your children. And, not a single child will leave the event without receiving some Easter eggs and candy. We promise that, to the best of our ability, you will leave having made wonderful memories with your family. Thank you to all the parents who left comments on our facebook page and for those that emailed us. We value you and your children. We value your experiences and responses. We cherish you as people. Sincerely yours, Cornerstone Church http://cornerstonehighland.com
Christofer Machniak April 26, 2011 at 03:08 AM
Hi Jenn, Thanks for adding the church's apology, here. In addition, I just did a separate story … http://patch.com/A-gTCc - Chris
kathy markovich April 26, 2011 at 03:19 AM
to Cornerstone: the bigger problem wasnt in fact that so many people attended..it was that adults and older children were allowed on the field... when we used to attend the howell marshmellow drop, nobody was permitted on the field except for the kids of that specific age group. You didnt have 10-15,000 children there. There were plenty of eggs for all of the age appropriate children there..but many adults were filled with the greed of promised big prizes, and their greed took over their brains for a spell. If you do this again, you really need to only allow the children on the fiend who are age appropriate. This will eliminate people being trampled, injuries, fights, and will allow all of the children a fair opportunity to take part in the hunt.
Nu Ehgotz April 26, 2011 at 03:32 AM
I would like to thank the egg drop patrons for destroying our baseball restrooms at Spranger and filling and blocking our parking lot. I guess the collection of patrons can't read either. There were signs at the baseball parking lot entries stating "baseball parking only". Mark Ehgotz
Sarah April 26, 2011 at 03:21 PM
My issue as a parent has been stated by all of the other complaints posted before me, but my questions is what did cornerstone church expect? I mean, they have all that money to spend on advertizing and billboards, passing bookmarks out to students at schools, seriously???? And to top it off they have the nerve to offer $4000 worth of "vacation" money to someone who comes to sit in their congregation for one morning on Easter Sunday. If anyone did not know they gave away $2000 to someone at each service. I asked why and was told they wanted to give back to the community. Im sorry Cornerstone but that is not giving to the community it is giving to one person and bribing them to come to your church. You are playing peoples greed and rewaring just one person out of the many coming to hopfully get the prize. They are not there to hear the message of Easter. So once again you lure many and reward few leaving everyone else to go home talking trash about your church. Cornerstone you are now the talk of the entire area and beyond, but not one word of it has been positve. Good luck reaching the community now.
Christofer Machniak April 26, 2011 at 08:00 PM
Hi everyone, I've just deleted a couple of comments for violating our terms of use for comments that were in effect name calling. http://hartland.patch.com/terms As it says in there it boils to: “Keep it clean,” “Don’t try to trick people,” and “Treat others as you’d like to be treated.” If anyone has questions, feel free to contact me at christofer.machniak@patch.com or 810-623-1385. - Chris
Eric Parrish April 27, 2011 at 02:32 AM
I would like to thank cournerstone !! ** WOW ** I can't believe someone put together such an event, and to think it was totally FREE !! Thanks for spreading the word, and I hope those that complained at least took in consideration this was a church outreach. I can't imagine the work put into this event, you ROCK !! No, not every kid recieved an egg.... But who knew people from 30 miles away would show up. My family was stunned just to see a helecopter drop 30K eggs and we enjoyed it. I'm not sure why everyome thinks they are intitled to something for free, if it's that big of a deal just pack a few eggs up on your own and let your child "find them" Yes, you spend a few dollars. Again thank you for all the work and God bless as this was a church function ! Please don't bother to retaliate on this post as I won't return to read this type of bashing to a church. I have been to cournerstone, it's amazing ! Thank you for trying to do something great for our community !!


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