Easter bunny hops in, delights children

aStaff photo by Clay Schuldt Nick Breu introduces two-year-old Madilynn Breu to the Easter Bunny. Madilynn is a little uncertain of the bunny, but appreciates the candy-filled eggs.

NEW ULM — The Easter Bunny made a stop at the Spring Fling Eggstravaganza Craft & Vendor Show, Sunday.

The show was held at the American Legion. Over a dozen vendors sold spring crafts at the show, while children visited with the Easter Bunny.

Less than a week before the big day, the Easter Bunny met with many children. Many children were awestruck to see such a large rabbit and were too nervous to speak with the bunny, but each was given a plastic egg with a treat inside.

The Easter Bunny said the kids that could talk mostly wanted to confirm she would visit their house next Sunday.

Parents were able to visit the vendor tables. The craft and vendor show had everything from Tupperware and therapeutic bags to motivational signs and essential oils.

This was the first Spring Fling craft show put on by the New Ulm Craft an Vendor Events (NUCVE) group. The group was started by James Haviland of Graffix Plus who coordinated with other vendors. In addition to Haviland, the NUCVE board includes Jennifer Nelson of Thirty One, Heather Ellanson of Essential Oils and Kimberly Hensch with Tupperware.

After a successful craft show during Oktoberfest, Haviland and other vendors formed a group to host similar events throughout the year. The Eggstravaganza was the first. On Saturday, June 15, a larger Shop in the Park event will be held in German Park.

Another Oktoberfest show will be held Oct. 4-5 and 12. A Halloween Spooktacular show will be held Saturday, Oct. 26. The final vendor and craft show will be held just before the Parade of Lights on Friday, Nov. 29.

Haviland said he is working with the Downtown Action Team to put together a popup market downtown. The idea is to bring greater traffic to downtown Minnesota Street.