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A six-foot Easter Bunny helped draw kids and their parents into Bowman Saturday for a drive-thru variation of an Easter Egg Hunt at the Silver Dollar Bar and Grill.

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They came driving by the Silver Dollar Bar and Grill in Bowman Saturday for one big reason....

A six-foot Easter bunny was handing out eggs and candies in a new variation on the annual Easter Egg Hunts.

Instead of at a local campground or inside the 4 Seasons Pavilion, this Easter Egg “Hunt” was trying to keep some social distancing while give the children still a taste, albeit sweet and sugary, of normalcy.

According to Jan Schmidt, the drive thru Easter celebration kept the people working inside the Silver Dollar Bar and Grill busy from when it opened at 11 a.m. Saturday morning until the final car came by at about 8 p.m.

“Everybody was very grateful and thankful the kids got eggs,” she said Monday morning as she prepared to reopen.  

The idea came from the owner of Windy’s, she explained. “He was talking to the ABATE people who put on the Easter Egg Hunt and he was the one who suggested that they (ABATE) could just do the drive thru because of the Corona Virus.  

“We had about seven days to think about it,” she said.

“We had something like 174 bags with candy in them – like a chocolate Easter Bunny... We started at 11 a.m. and my last one was at like 8 p.m. at night. The guy called and said we missed it and asked if we still had some. He came in and he passed out four more (bags)

The Easter Bunny stood at the corner and waved and danced for all the kids.   

“I think they (ABATE) would much rather have had the kids run out on the grounds and pick up the eggs like they dd. Kids enjoy that … it is much more fun.”

Although it turned out to be successful, Schmidt said it will probably not be repeated next Easter in 2021.

“It was the first annual and about the only annual,” Schmidt said.  “It is just not Easter. Little kids got to get out and run. It is just not the same when you are strapped in your cars seat.”

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