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Drive-thru Easter egg hunt held at Stacy Family Farm

Reno resident Benjamin Doyle, 4, and his mother Jessica chat with the Easter Bunny at the end of the drive-thru Easter egg hunt Sunday afternoon at Stacy Family Farm on Ohio 7 in Reno. (Photo by Evan Bevins)

RENO — Janet Stacy, her children and grandchildren enjoyed the second drive-thru Easter egg hunt Sunday at the Stacy Family Farm, but it’s not necessarily something she wants to see become an annual tradition.

“We started last year because of COVID,” she said, recalling the early days of the pandemic that upended both daily activities and holiday celebrations. “We’ve all kind of adjusted.”

As vaccinations continue and restrictions relaxed, some organizations held in-person Easter activities, with masks and social distancing. Though they’re looking forward to more of those activities resuming, the Stacys brought back the drive-thru activity, setting up painted wooden animals, tractors, Easter eggs and other items for youngsters to spot as their families drove around the farm.

“Did you find the golden egg?” farm co-owner Bill Stacy asked a girl as they drove by.

“Didn’t you hear her?” an adult replied with a laugh.

A monkey, a zebra, a dolphin and more were set up in the fields at the Stacy Family Farm in Reno, along with a number of Easter eggs, for children to spot on a drive-thru egg hunt Sunday. (Photo by Evan Bevins)

When they came to the end of the circle, kids were given an Easter egg. If it had a slip of paper inside, they won an Easter basket stuffed with prizes including, of course, chocolate.

There was no charge for admission, although people had the option of dropping something into a donation bucket at the end.

“(We’re) just trying to be a part of the community,” Janet Stacy said.

Kendall, Amy and George Church enjoy picking strawberries at the Stacy Family Farm and decided to give Sunday’s event a try.

“We just thought it would be pretty interesting to do something Eastery, and seeing it was a drive-through, we thought it would be pretty cool and safe,” Kendall Church said.

The Church family of Lubeck drives past a giraffe, one of the exotic additions to the fields at the Stacy Family Farm in Reno for a drive-thru Easter egg hunt on Sunday. (Photo by Evan Bevins)

The farm is planning to let people pick strawberries again this year, with Janet Stacy pointing out the blossoms on the plants along with the Easter eggs and exotic animals.

“(It’s) 30 days from blossom to berry,” she said.

Evan Bevins can be reached at ebevins@newsandsentinel.com.

Hannah Stacy, 2, a sixth-generation member of the family at Stacy Family Farm in Reno, plays with an egg and the Easter Bunny during the drive-thru egg hunt Sunday afternoon at the farm. (Photo by Evan Bevins)

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