by Deron Johnston
It was a beautiful sunny day as the Old Town Kemptville BIA hosted their Easter Bunny Trail from 10 am to 1 pm this past Saturday, April 8, in Downtown Kemptville. Parents, grandparents and 150 kids participated in the event, which had kids collecting treats at thirteen different businesses in the downtown area.
Everything kicked off at the North Grenville Public Library, where each family got a map of all of the locations that were giving out treats and each child got an Easter bag to put their treats in. There was something for the adults too. If they collected signatures at each stop, they could get their name put into a draw for a gift basket with lots of goodies, provided by various downtown businesses.
Several Easter Bunny sightings were made, as the wascally wabbit hopped his way around Prescott, Clothier and Sanders Streets, distributing high fives, hugs and drawing excited smiles from kids of all ages.
The BIA had a volunteer crossing guard that helped families cross the street at the corner of Prescott and Clothier. There are still people getting used to the three way stop that was installed there, so people were grateful for the help.
Hopefully, the BIA will continue to have these types of events, as it seems to give families a good look at all of the businesses that are in the downtown area. There are lots of changes happening downtown, so if you haven’t been there in a few months, you may see something completely new that wasn’t there before, or that something may have moved to another location.
BIA Executive Director, John Barclay, said that “everyone seemed to be having a great time, and it’s another opportunity to show off historic downtown Kemptville to the families of North Grenville”. John added that he wanted to thank all of the merchants and volunteers who helped to make the event such a success.