The Easter Bunny brings holiday cheer and fun to young and old in Robeson County

The Easter Bunny shares a hug Saturday with two participants of the City of Fairmont Recreation Department’s Stravaganza Easter Egg Hunt at Fairmont Community Park. The event began around 10:20 a.m., with nearly 5,000 eggs hidden in the park.

Courtesy Photo | Town of Fairmont

LUMBERTON — The Easter Bunny could be spotted in several parts of town on Monday waving and handing out candy-filled Easter eggs, with plans to serve more than 450 people by the end of Tuesday.

The Bunny Mobile, driven by Street Superintendent of Public Works Jeffery Halliburton, made stops at homes in Precincts 1, 6, 7 and 8 on Monday with plans to visit Precincts 2 through 5 on Tuesday, Courtney Rogerson said, Special Events Coordinator at Lumberton Recreation. Department.

She ‘wanted to spread some sunshine’ after the town’s Easter egg hunt was canceled, and inviting the Easter Bunny to make house calls and greet people all over Lumberton was the way to do it. , Rogerson said.

She encourages people who see the Easter Bunny to take a photo and tag the Lumberton Recreation Department on social media.

People who signed up for Easter Bunny visits by Friday will be visited on Monday and Tuesday, she said. Monday and Tuesday’s events would serve even more than the 450 people originally registered.

People walking on sidewalks and sitting on porches on Monday greeted the bunny, which was accompanied by members of Lumberton City Council who handed out Easter eggs along the route.

Councilman Eric Chavis, a Robeson County Sheriff’s Deputy, provided support to the bunny during his lunch break as they toured homes in Precinct 7 of Chavis.

“It was just a fun experience,” Chavis said.

He visited Tudor Court and other areas of his neighborhood, sharing sweets and exchanging smiles with members of the community as the Bunny Mobile continued its journey.

Chavis said the coronavirus pandemic “has put a damper on things,” but the Easter Bunny’s arrival has created some fun memories during a fairly uncertain time.

“Little things like this make a difference,” he said.

Tanglewood Elementary students were among the children the Easter Bunny surprised during a visit on Monday. The bunny roamed the halls of the school on campus, peeked into the classrooms, and greeted the students.

“They were so excited when the bunny peeked into their classroom,” Rogerson said.

The Easter Bunny also beckoned to students learning remotely, Tanglewood Elementary Principal Shawn Feeko said.

“Their faces lit up,” she said.

Children in every class and on the playground were greeted by the special visitor, she said. The kids couldn’t see the bunny last year because of the coronavirus.

Councilor Chavis said he was interested in participating in similar events in the future.

“This is just one example of many,” Rogerson said of the Easter Bunny’s visits to the city.

“The Lumberton Recreation Department wishes everyone a Happy Easter!” she added.

Other Easter events in Lumberton and Fairmont on Saturday kicked off the festivities leading up to Easter Sunday April 4.

About 75 people attended the City of Fairmont Recreation Department’s Stravaganza Easter Egg Hunt at Fairmont Community Park. Children received prizes including Easter baskets and a share of nearly 5,000 eggs hidden in the park.

The Sudanese pirates fired their ship’s cannon to send children searching for eggs in the park hidden by many people, including city firefighters, said Jenny Larson, city clerk and chief financial officer.

The golden eggs contained surprises such as $2 and $5 bills and gold dollars, said Mickey Williamson, director of the city’s recreation department. Each child also received a gift basket filled with prizes and candy.

“It went really well,” Williamson said.

Members of the Red Spirit Motorcycle Club were also present and helped make the event a success, he said. Robeson County Commissioner Pauline Campbell was also present at the event.

Williamson said the event had “good attendance and good workers” and he hopes to see another successful event next year.

The Robeson County Strong Better Together Easter Egg Hunt on Oakgrove Church Road had about 75 participants, said group member Rodrick Wilkerson. He hopes the group is planning more Easter egg-related events in the years to come.

In other Easter news, Robeson County Sheriff Burnis Wilkins announced over the weekend that his special deputy will be making an appearance in the county later this week.

“Surprise appearances by Special Assistant Hopps will be taking place across the county on Wednesday and Thursday. Get ready for a treat,” he said in a statement posted to Facebook on Sunday.

Contact Jessica Horne at 910-416-5165 or by email at [email protected]

Alicia R. Rucker