The Easter bunny leaves behind a trail of happy children

The Easter Bunny passed through Jackson County on Saturday, leaving a trail of eggs filled with treats and other goodies for the kids.

In Seymour, Easter eggs could be found in several places, including the First Baptist Church.

The church has provided a drive-thru alternative to an Easter egg hunt due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Vehicles lined up in the church parking lot, and each child in the car was given a bag of special Easter items and the Easter Bunny was on hand for selfies.

“Each bag contains a DIY DIY, sticker, 12 eggs filled with candy and toys, and special prizes for the first 50 who pass through the drive-thru,” said Shannan Silver, President of the Barbara Missionary Circle. Bolick.

The mission circles of Edna Martin, BG and Madeline Flores also helped donate candy or fill Easter eggs.

Mike Lyon, the church’s family life pastor, said they started planning for the event while the county was still at a red level based on the positivity rate and things were unpredictable.

“We just knew we wanted to do something to connect with the community,” said Lyon. “We want them to know that we care and love them, and that was a safe way to do it.”

Lyon’s wife, Monica, crossed the line with their two sons, Cooper, 6, and Camden, 5. The FBC event was the only one they planned to attend on Saturday.

Cooper said in his bag he found an Easter coloring sheet, chalk and eggs. Camden said they had just finished watching the movie “Hop”.

Joan Shuler was driving chase with her 3-year-old grandson, Asher Jackson, and he had a selfie with the Easter Bunny.

“This is the first of several egg hunts we’re going on today,” Shuler said.

The Seymour Christian Church hosted an Easter Eggstravaganza on Saturday afternoon, including Easter egg hunts for different age groups and golden eggs with big prizes.

Outdoor festivities included a special outdoor worship service, outdoor carnival games, a dunk tank, and a Chick-fil-A tent, where food could be purchased.

Seven-year-old Hudd Skidmore was at the event with his mother, Jennifer Skidmore. He said he hoped to find a golden egg.

“This is our home church and we look forward to having fun today and enjoying the message,” Jennifer said.

10-year-old Olivia Compton couldn’t wait to play games, hunt eggs and visit the Chick-fil-A tent for something good to eat. She was at the event with her mother, Jennifer Compton.

In Brownstown, the Easter Bunny left an egg trail that started outside the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department and in an adjacent field that serves as a parking lot for the fair and continued onto the front lawn of the Jackson County Courthouse with an afternoon hunt hosted by Freedom Fireworks.

In the past, the Sheriff’s Department held their annual Hickory Hills Golf Club hunt in Brownstown, but the course was not available for the Easter Bunny to visit this year due to another outing, the Sheriff said. Rick Meyer.

“We’re probably going to start having him here from now on,” he said. “It’s easier for us with the prices, and we have a lot of room here.”

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Department helps organize the Easter Egg Hunt each year with the help of many other volunteers, Meyer said.

“The group is really good at helping,” he said.

This help includes filling 5,000 to 10,000 eggs with candy, while the sheriff’s department provided the prizes, including two bikes for each of the four age groups and Easter baskets.

Brooklynn Gambrel, 8, of Seymour was one of many kids lined up and ready to go when the hunt began at 11 a.m.

She said her goal was to go too fast and try to get the golden egg.

Her mother, Rebekah Gambrel, said the two plan to make it a day by participating in several Easter egg hunts.

“We saw this one on Facebook and thought it would be fun for the kids,” she said. “We’ve been to Gaiser Park before (for the Seymour Parks and Recreation Department’s annual Easter Egg Hunt).”

They also planned to go hunting at 1 p.m. at Seymour Christian Church and another at 4 p.m., Rebekah said.

Seymour’s Mark Green said he decided to take his grandchildren, Gabrian Wilkins, 8, and Scarlett Wilkins, 5, on the Sheriff’s Department Easter Egg Hunt because it’s generally nice.

“It’s a little windy today, but it looks like a lot of people are showing up,” he said. “It’s pretty well distributed so I don’t think there will be too many people clashing. “

Gabrian said her secret to collecting a lot of eggs is to look for a grouped group and not take the time to look at each egg.

Green said his grandchildren trained at home on Saturday morning and learned not to pick up an egg and watch it.

“Grab and go,” he said.

Vera Reichenbacker from Cortland said she had read articles about hunting on Facebook and decided to bring her 7-year-old son Jaxon Reichenbacker as they hadn’t done anything over Easter last year.

“He loves it,” she said.

The two had also planned a few family Easter egg hunts on Saturday afternoon.

The Easter Bunny also made his annual visit and left Easter eggs at Gaiser Park in Seymour.

On a bright, sunny morning, dozens of families came to the park to have their photos taken with the Easter Bunny, win prizes, and most importantly, get in the position to collect as many eggs as possible.

The hunt was divided into three age groups: 0 to 3 years old, 4 to 9 years old and 10 to 12 years old. At 10 a.m., the children stormed every area where the eggs were being placed. Less than a minute later, there were hardly any eggs left on the floor.

Radio stations 92.7 Nash Icon WXKU and 99.3 The Buzz WZZB were partners in this year’s event and provided prizes, food and a host.

It’s something they’ve been doing for at least 20 years, said Kelly Trask, owner of both radio stations.

“Our resorts love to serve our community, and it’s a fun way to partner with other community members and provide a great source of family time and a celebration of one of the best vacations of the year. She said.

One happy participant was 7-year-old Izzy Rader, who came to Gaiser Park with his parents and sister, Vivian. She said she was thrilled to have more candy and to meet the Easter Bunny. After the egg hunt, she returned home with candy and free passes to the Shields Park pool once it opened. Pool passes were earned by recycling plastic egg scraps.

A grand prize, provided by Walmart, was given to each age group who found a special egg.

One of the recipients was Eli Leonard, 7, who didn’t realize he won until he got home.

“We actually didn’t realize it,” said her mother, Julie. “We were on our way home and he was digging his eggs and he was like ‘I got the big prize.’ “

She returned to the park with Eli, who received a Razor scooter, a new helmet, a stuffed bunny, and some extra candy.

The very happy boy said his favorite part of the day was winning the grand prize.

Alicia R. Rucker