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April 1, 2010

Downtown egg hunt Saturday

DALTON — More than 1,500 Easter eggs will be hidden around the Dalton Freight Depot Saturday, setting the stage for one of the largest Easter egg hunts in Dalton history, says Downtown Dalton Development Authority (DDDA) marketing director Veronica French.

 “We’ll have more than enough for every boy and girl who wants to take part,” French said.

The depot, just off Morris Street, houses the offices of the DDDA and the Dalton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) as well as a visitors information and welcome center. The Easter egg hunt will kick off new Saturday hours for the visitors center.

“We noticed an increase in visitors to the Freight Depot on Saturdays when the Gift Shop and Visitor Center are normally closed. We made the decision to extend the hours to be open on Saturdays in an effort to accommodate them,” said CVB executive director Brett Huske. “It is exciting to see that people are continuing to travel, and the need is there for someone to welcome these visitors to our community. The center’s staff is there to distribute information, share the history of the Dalton area, suggest interesting things to see and do while visiting, or simply assist them in finding just the right souvenir to take home with them.”

French said that many people are still unfamiliar with the depot and what it holds. The Easter egg hunt, she said, will draw people in and let them see the depot.

In addition to the Easter egg hunt, the depot will host inflatables and games for the children, and in each of three age groups, one lucky boy or girl who finds a golden egg will win prizes from the visitors center gift shop.

For more information please call the Dalton Freight Depot Visitor Center and Gift Shop at (706) 270-9960 or visit www.VisitDaltonGA.com

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