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Easter bunny 'hovers' instead of hops this weekend

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The Easter bunny has taken to the skies and won't hop in to delight children, but will instead 'hover' to unload tons of fun this Saturday near Wilson Central High School.

This is the second annual Helicopter Egg Drop for Connect Church that now meets at Wilson Central High School. Children's Pastor Corey Shadd said the "drop" is a big hit with kids and their event is free from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

"Yes," he said. "It's a real helicopter filled with Easter eggs. The kids love it and we have two drops for age groups."

There will be 5,000 candy stuffed eggs on the ground, preset, but the 'copter will drop toy stuffed eggs. Overall, 20,000 eggs are up for grabs. Shadd said there are 25 golden prize eggs per race, with goodies.

Not only are there great egg treats, there will be games like pin the tail on the bunny, ring toss, eggs races and more. Face painting will take place along with bounce houses, cotton candy, balloon animals, a petting zoo with lambs, goats, chicks bunnies, and ducks, plus a chance to meet the Easter bunny and take a picture.

Food trucks are at the ready, such as Cici's Pizza, Banjo's Food (great waffles), Kona Ice and more.

The game stations will close at 11 a.m. and the egg hunt and drop will start at 11:30 a.m. There are two drops; one for infant through toddler and the other for 1st through 5th grades.

There's also a chance for a family to win a "great electronic," said Shadd.

Shadd said the event is a community outreach. The long-time Easter in the Park at Charlie Daniels won't take place this year and Shadd invites everyone to come out to their event that will be held at Connect Church, 533 Wildcat Way next to Wilson Central High School.

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