Children Hop Along Trail

ST. MARYS — Local businesses opened their doors to local children during an annual community event on Saturday.

Children hopped down the Bunny Trail in St. Marys on Saturday, making their way to local businesses and collecting various items during their trek.

“So far we’ve been to Family Video, McDonald’s, Subway, the Trading Company, the library, Vogel Insurance, State Farm, High 5, A Bit of Nature, St. Marys Living Center, the Council on Aging,” Matthew Ingersoll said.

Matthew and his sister, Rebecca Ingersoll, are from New York. Their aunt, St. Marys resident Cassie Abbott, was taking them on the Bunny Trail for the first time.

“It’s her birthday, so they decided to do the Bunny Trail and go to the zoo before they go back to New York,” Abbott said.

The trio said they started down the trail by at least 10:30 a.m.

“It’s fun,” Matthew said. “I like pretty much everything.”

Rebecca noted a few of her favorite items she received on the Bunny Trail — seeds from State Farm, a toy from the St. Marys Trading Company and a coloring book from Vogel Insurance.

St. Marys residents Logan and Ava Knous said they had been to businesses in downtown St. Marys.

“We got candy and a lot of other stuff,” said Logan, 9.

Logan said he was enjoying the Bunny Trail — noting the candy he received was his favorite part.

“I like the toys and candy,” Ava, 6, said.

St. Marys sisters Sasha and Shalynn Liette said they started on the Bunny Trail around 10 a.m. on Saturday.

“The whistle thing was my favorite,” said Shalynn, 7, noting the bunny-mouth shaped whistle the two received while at the Auglaize County Council on Aging.

Sasha, 9, said she agreed.

“Definitely the whistle,” she said.

As for her favorite part of the Bunny Trail, Sasha said she liked a visitor at Hudson’s Jewelers the best.

“Seeing the Easter Bunny,” she said.

Shalynn said her favorite part was going to all the businesses.

“Walking around,” she said.

Registration for the Bunny Trail, which was sponsored by the St. Marys Community Partnership this year, was from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Kmart, with the trail running from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Cook Gymnasium was opened at 1:30 p.m., where movies were shown, and the big basket giveaway was at 2:30 p.m., where the children turned in their trail ticket to win a giant Easter basket, additional gifts or one of four bicycles.