The Easter Bunny hopped along the Bunny Trail Saturday to the colorfully decorated King Street Gazebo to greet area children.
The Shippensburg Kids Events Committee was finally greeted with beautiful spring weather over the weekend, allowing members to hold the first Easter at the Gazebo event that featured four games for children to play in order to receive a prize of their choice. They could also pose for photos with the Easter Bunny before enjoying the rest of their day and possibly other Easter-related events around town. Easter at the Gazebo is a scaled down version of the former Easter event held annually at Memorial Park. The committee decided to do something different in the center of town since there are so many egg hunts for children in the area. Last year was supposed to be the first one, but it got snowed out twice, and then rained out.
“Today is a beautiful day and it worked out well for us,” Tyler Fairchild, director of the Shippensburg Community Parks and Recreation Authority and member of the committee, said. “We hope this becomes another yearly event the SKEC can do. It’s not one of our large events, but it’s a nice little event where the kids can some fun, get a prize and go on with their day.”
Fairchild said about 120 children participated in the festivities Saturday.
The committee and other members of the community helped to decorate the gazebo about two weeks ago with plastic pastel Easter eggs, lights, Easter decorations and a cutout Easter Bunny greeting passersby for spring.
Josh Auman helped his 1-year-old son, Cayden, knock some plastic eggs off of orange traffic cones with a bean bag Saturday, while his 4-year-old son, Trevor, cheered them on.
“I think it’s amazing,” Josh said of the event. “It’s fantastic that the community does such things for the kids, and we are happy to be here today.”
Zia Swartz, 2 ½, stood on a cornhole board and threw the bags through the hole. She happily bounced on a Hippity Hop as the Easter Bunny, but ditched the basket of eggs because she said she needed two hands to get around along the makeshift Bunny Trail.
Fifteen-month-old Hunter Boden reached out for the Easter Bunny as he posed for a photo with the cuddly creature and Hunter’s mom, Allison.
“It’s a nice event and something in town for the kids to come to,” Allison said.
Fairchild said the following businesses, organizations and individuals sponsored Saturday’s event: Lowe’s donated wood for the cutout bunnies; Robert T. Henry Pharmacy and LuLaRoe by Taylor Fairchild donated money for prizes; The Lollipop Shop donated chocolate bunnies and candy; the SCPRA donated money for any other needed materials; and Jud Lehman donated his time as the Easter Bunny.
“We are glad the sun is out,” Debbie Weaver of the SKEC said. “It seems like everyone is enjoying themselves.”
“It also gave them something to do rather than waiting around to pick up eggs,” added member Ed Sheaffer. “It was a great day for it!”