Hippity, hoppity, Easterâ€˜s on its way, and the famous bunny himself will be in downtown Lincolnton Saturday to sign autographs and shmooze.
The event is free and a real hit with the younger crowd.
â€œI think most of the smaller children, theyâ€™re in awe of the Easter Bunny,â€ said Holly Kiser, administrator for the Downtown Development Association. â€œThey enjoy just looking at him and talking to him.â€
If seeing the Easter Bunny doesnâ€™t tickle your fancy, thereâ€™s a number of other events taking place Saturday morning.
At 9 a.m. there will be egg decorating in front of the Business and Community Development office at 114 E. Main St.
At noon, a bunny hop will take place around the courtsquare. The contest will begin on the east side of the square.
The participant that bunny hops the longest will receive gifts donated by downtown Lincolnton businesses.
Between the egg dyeing and bunny hopping, the Easter Bunny will be happy to pose for photographs.
â€œItâ€™s just a good family thing to do, and you can also go Easter shopping while youâ€™re here in downtown,â€ Kiser said.
Last year, the DDA hoped to lure people downtown with a â€œSpring Fling,â€ which included vendors selling home and garden goods.
This year the focus has gone back to the big bunny because â€œto be honest, it was just really kind of hard to get home and garden vendors out here â€¦ there wasnâ€™t enough man power to man the store,â€ Kiser said.
If meeting the Easter Bunny isnâ€™t enough, an egg hunt will also be taking place Saturday.
The Lincolnton/Lincoln County Parks and Recreation is sponsoring the 59th Annual Easter Egg Hunt at 10:30 a.m. at Betty G. Ross Park.
Kids will be divided up into two age groups â€“ 6 to 9 years old and 5 and younger.
Participants should bring a bag or basket to hold their eggs (Easter grass, however, is forbidden).
Prizes will be given, and a rain date if needed will be held April 17 at 10:30 a.m.
by Sarah Grano