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April 3, 2007

World's Largest Easter Egg Hunt at Cypress Gardens

Winter Haven, FL -- Cypress Gardens Adventure Park hosted the "World's Largest Easter Egg Hunt" Sunday and set a new world record for the most eggs. The massive hunt that included more than half-a-million eggs will be logged in the Guinness Book of World Records, which will be available in August 2008..

The official egg count took place a week ago when Winter Haven mayor, Nathaniel Birdsong, and Chamber of Commerce representative, Donna Sheehan verified that more than 500,000 eggs would be hidden at the theme park. The previous world record stood at 301,000.

Exactly 510,000 goody-filled eggs were hidden on the lawn of Magnolia Mansion, throughout the Topiary Garden and into the grassy banks of the ski show area at Cypress Gardens. Most were filled with candy and toys, but some contained prizes donated by local businesses.

One lucky egg held a two-year scholarship to Polk County Community College.

The event was kicked off by an adjudicator from Guinness Book of World Records who presenting an award to Cypress Gardens' CEO Kent Buescher for setting the new record.

It took only an hour for the 9,700 park guests to find all of the hidden eggs.

The egg hunt was divided into three age groups - 0-4 years, 5-9 years and 10-14 years. There was no limit to the number of eggs one could collect. The only rule was that children had to be accompanied by an adult.

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