Celebrate Easter this week with these super fun, safe festivities throughout southwest and central Virginia

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(WFXR) — From drive-thru Easter basket giveaways to socially distanced Easter Egg hunts, communities across southwest and central Virginia are channeling their creativity to come up with entertaining ways to celebrate Easter over the course of the week while still preventing potential spread of the coronavirus!

You can check back throughout the week for any new events to be added, but here is the list of fun, festive, and safe Easter celebrations taking place around the region as of 5:06 p.m. on Friday, April 2:

Bland County

On Saturday, April 3, the Bland County Fairground will be turned into an Easter Egg hunting ground! The Easter Egg hunt will start at 10 a.m. on April 3 — unless it rains, in which case the event will be moved to Saturday, April 10 — for children in PreK through 12th grade.

The tickets cost $5 per person or $15 per family, but since the event is limited to 250 participants, you need to purchase your tickets ahead of time at the Bland County Public Library.

For tickets, rules, or other information, call (276) 688-3737.

Botetourt County

From 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 3, Botetourt County Parks and Recreation will hold a drive-thru “Easter Eggstravaganza” at the Botetourt Sports Complex. Kids and families will be able to receive lots and lots of candy, as well as more surprise treats for the whole family from the comfort of your own vehicle as you drive through the parking lot and stop at the various vendor stops.

Botetourt County Parks and Recreation will also give away a kid’s bike with a live raffle drawing on Facebook at 3 p.m. on Monday, April 5, but the only way you can get a raffle ticket is to come to the Easter Eggstravaganza.

Buena Vista

Celebrate Easter at Glen Maury Park on Saturday, April 3 with buckets and bags of Easter eggs for children ages 3-10 starting at noon. In addition, there will be a bicycle giveaway for children age 6-10 if you register by calling the park office at (540) 261-7321 or by following this link.

Attendees are encouraged to practice social distancing by staying in your car and following the enter and exit signs displayed in the park for the drive-thru method.

Campbell County

Campbell County Parks and Recreation — along with location businesses and organizations — will be handing out candy while the Easter Bunny greets families at the free, drive-thru Easter Egg Stroll from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 3 in the Social Services parking lot in Rustburg.

If you would like to set up a booth to hand out candy, either click here to register or call (434) 332-9570.

The Concord Volunteer Fire Department is offering a special Easter surprise for residents in their service area.

You can contact the department to have them “egg your yard” for Easter on Sunday, April 4. First responders will then place candy-filled eggs on residents’ yards on the evening of Saturday, April 3.

It costs $10 for the Concord Volunteer Fire Department to place 20 eggs on your yard.

For more information or to order the special, contact Sally at (434)665-2798.

Danville

The Danville Police Department plans to host a drive-thru Easter Basket Giveaway for children up to age 12 at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 2 at Ballou Park next to the senior citizens building.

If you would like to donate sealed Easter baskets for the event, call Sgt. D.C. Ferguson at (424) 797-8898 (ext. 1), call Cpl. Sylvia Brooks at (434) 797-8898 (ext. 4), or drop them off at the Danville Police Department or the Third Avenue precinct.

In addition, the department says W&W Luxury Limousine will provide pickup services for anyone without a ride, but you need to make a reservation in advance by calling (434) 835-4949.

Meanwhile, Danville Parks and Recreation announced the Easter Bunny has confirmed his presence in Danville for Saturday, April 3.

Although the uncertainties of COVID-19 continue to play a factor in hosting safe events and activities for the community to enjoy, the Easter Bunny and Parks and Recreation have developed a strategic plan to help community members enjoy the upcoming holiday.

“Therefore, per our contract with the Easter bunny, he will hide Easter eggs at 10 parks throughout the City of Danville,” Danville Parks and Recreation said. “Although the names of the parks he will be visiting cannot be confirmed at this time, the Easter Bunny has assured us that these parks will be fully stocked with eggs by early Saturday morning.”

In addition, officials say the names of the parks the Easter Bunny visited will be revealed Saturday morning through the Danville Parks and Recreation social media.

“We’re so excited to be able to collaborate with the Easter Bunny once again,” said Communications Specialist Brittney Ham. “It’s important to Parks and Recreation that we help provide fun and safe activities for our community to enjoy.”

Franklin County

Franklin County families have the opportunity to arrange a hopping good time with the Easter Bunny in the week leading up to Easter, but only if they call the “Bunny Line” ahead of time.

According to Franklin County Parks and Recreation, time slots are available in the morning (9 a.m. to noon) and evening (1 to 5 p.m.) from Monday, March 29 to Saturday, April 3.

By calling the Bunny Line at (540) 493-9667 between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, you can reserve a visit from the Easter Bunny and an egg hunt right in your front yard.

You can also volunteer to as a bunny — or bunny helper — to help deliver a visit and egg hunt to dozens of Franklin County families by calling (540) 483-9238.

The Ferrum Volunteer Fire Department will allow community members the opportunity to have breakfast with the Easter Bunny from 7 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 3. The Franklin County Department of Public Safety says the breakfast will cost $10 per adult and $5 per child under age 12. In addition, there will be a photographer present for picture needs.

Giles County

The Newport Volunteer Fire Department will hold their firefighter-themed Easter Egg Hunt once again at Newport Ballpark starting at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 3. The department says there will be separate areas for ages 0-3, 4-7, and 8-12.

“Come hunt eggs, see some of our fire fighting equipment and visit our amazing firefighters!” the Newport Volunteer Fire Department posted on Facebook.

Meanwhile, the Town of Pearisburg says the Pearisburg Community Center will kick off a drive-thru “Easter Treat” at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 3. The event will continue while supplies last, but children who are present will receive a treat bag and a friendly wave from the Easter Bunny. However, because of the pandemic, everyone needs to stay in their vehicles while agents and merchants hand out treats.

Henry County

All branches of the Blue Ridge Regional Library — including Bassett, Collinsville, and Ridgeway — will be giving away Easter baskets to kids up to age 10 between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. from Wednesday, March 31 to Friday, April 2.

The library says the baskets will be full of sweet treats and other springtime gifts, but they are only available for curbside pickup and the child must be present to receive their one basket.

If you would like more information about this Easter Basket Giveaway, call your local branch.

Henry County Parks and Recreation will be holding a free Easter Egg Hunt at 3 p.m. on Friday, April 2 at Jack Dalton Park. Kids ages 2-10 will be able to search the park for more than 7,500 prize-filled eggs. In addition, officials say Easter bags will be provided if needed.

If you want more information about this event, call Henry County Parks and Recreation at (276) 634-4640.

For those of us who are no longer kids but still young at heart, Henry County Parks and Recreation is also hosting an adult Easter Egg Hunt.

Starting on Wednesday, March 31, the department will post clues each day of an egg location at a county park until someone returns to egg to the Henry County Parks and Recreation office to claim their prize basket, which will include phone chargers, pop sockets, gym passes, water bottles, and a Visa gift card.

You can check out the first clue here:

Lynchburg

Lynchburg Parks and Recreation invites the community to hop along their trails for an Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 3 as the Easter Bunny spreads eggs around Lynchburg’s parks and trails.

If you follow Lynchburg Parks and Recreation on Facebook, you will be able to see where the Easter Bunny will be or search for the hidden eggs.

If you want to register for this event, click here.

Martinsville

All branches of the Blue Ridge Regional Library — including Martinsville — will be giving away Easter baskets to kids up to age 10 between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. from Wednesday, March 31 to Friday, April 2.

The library says the baskets will be full of sweet treats and other springtime gifts, but they are only available for curbside pickup and the child must be present to receive their one basket.

If you would like more information about this Easter Basket Giveaway, call your local branch.

Montgomery County

Hop on down the bunny trail to the Christiansburg Recreation Center parking lot on Saturday, April 3 for a drive-thru Easter eggstravaganza from 9 to 11 a.m. While the Easter Bunny waves at the passing guests, members of the Parks and Recreation Department will hand out goodie bags stuffed with candy-filled eggs, stuffed animals, coloring books, masks, and more.

In Blacksburg, young kids are invited to hop in the car with their families and head out to the free, drive-thru Easter Eggstravaganza at 725 Patrick Henry Drive. From 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 3, preschool and elementary age children will have the chance to wave at the Easter Bunny and a mystery guest before taking home an “Egg Hunt In-A-Bag” full of candy and toy eggs.

However, Blacksburg Parks and Recreation says the number of passengers in the vehicle may not exceed the number of seatbelts or car seats. In addition, patrons are asked to stay in their vehicles at all times and drive with caution because there will be frequent stops along the drive-thru route.

Nelson County

Gladstone Fire and Rescue Service is hosting a free, drive-thru “Easter Car Hop” on Saturday, April 3 from 10 a.m. to noon. Not only will this event be fun for kids age 12 and under, but they will get to wave to the Easter Bunny and receive a bag of Easter goodies. However, both a car and a driver are required to attend.

Roanoke City

The Roanoke Development and Housing Authority says there will be a special Community Easter Egg Hunt — featuring music and activities — from 1 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, April 1 at the Villages at Lincoln playground.

CHIP of Roanoke Valley will also host an Easter event on Thursday, this time an Easter Drive-Thru benefitting local low-income families. From noon to 2 p.m. at the CHIP office at 1201 Third Street SW, the organization will offer a traditional Easter meal, Easter baskets for kids, and even a visit from the Easter Bunny in a drive-thru format.

Organizers say Elevation Church and ReaderLink each collected and packed Easter Baskets for each child enrolled in the CHIP program.

“Children and families matter to CHIP and Elevation is honored to partner with them as they work to impact lives in Roanoke Valley during the Easter season,” said Pastor David Shearer with Elevation Church. “Our church community had a blast putting together Easter baskets for the 450 children CHIP serves and we are grateful for such an incredible organization as they continue to bring hope to our community.”

ST Solutions and Fortunato have partnered and will be providing a fresh, traditional Easter meal to benefit more than 700 individuals in the Roanoke community.

“I would just say that on behalf of ST Solutions and Fortunato, it has been an honor and a privilege to be a part of CHIP’s mission. We can’t think of a better way to wrap up our joint meals delivery program with a closing date of April 1st, 2021, which will carry us all into Easter weekend,” stated JP Powell of Fortunato. “We hope the families served by CHIP have a wonderful Easter. Also, on behalf of the owners and staff at Fortunato, we are very grateful to ST Solutions for helping us stay open through a very difficult time. This has been a wonderful experience for us and we hope to stay involved with CHIP in the future.”

In another section of the Star City, the Easter Bunny is making an early visit to Grandin Village on Saturday, April 3. Starting at 10 a.m., you can look for eggs hidden in the Village between the Grey Goose and Farmburguesa.

In addition, you can bring Hotel Roanoke Easter Tradition right to your dining room this year with the “Easter Sunday Celebration at Home” meal, featuring heirloom she crab soup, a cheese and fruit tray, two salad option, petite tenderloin roast, herb roasted salmon, all the accompaniments, and a zesty lemon tart. The hotel says the meal costs $150 plus tax, but it serves four people.

If you are interested in ordering this meal — which comes with a complimentary mini Easter basket and a raffle for dinner in the Pine Room — you need to order it by Thursday, April 1 by calling (540) 985-5900 or emailing SSmith@HotelRoanoke.com.

The meal will be available for pickup at the Hotel Roanoke’s Wells Avenue Circle from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 3 and from 9 a.m. to noon on Sunday, April 4.

Salem

Families can have their pictures taken with the Easter Bunny in a drive-thru at the Salem Civic Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 27 and Sunday, March 28 for only $10 per carload, but each car can only have a maximum of six people.

Families will drive their vehicles into the Salem Civic Center Annex one at a time, exit their cars, and take a socially distant picture on the festive spring set with the Easter Bunny.

In addition, the City of Salem’s annual Easter Egg Hunt will return to the Moyer Sports Complex from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 1, but parents and children are asked to follow the new event rules amid the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • Masks are required inside the egg hunting areas.
  • All participants are asked to maintain social distancing when possible.
  • Kids are only allowed to hunt for eggs in their respective age group.
  • Check-in at the main tent when arriving at the Moyer to get your age-appropriate field assignment.
  • Parents may enter the hunt area with their child, but only the kids can collect the eggs.
  • Hunts will run approximately every 15 minutes and each hunt is limited to 25 kids and parents.
  • There will be one entrance and one exit point for each field.

Wythe County

Downtown Wytheville and several other local organizations are hosting a free Downtown Easter Egg Hunt for anyone age 16 and younger.

From 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 27 until 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 3, participating businesses will hide Easter eggs anywhere downtown — including Wither’s Park and Elizabeth Brown Park — for participants to find and bring back to the business to claim their prize.

Meanwhile, the Easter Bunny is coming to town — more specifically, to Rural Retreat — from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 3.

First, the Rural Retreat Rescue Squad will drive the Bunny through the town’s neighborhoods from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., so when you hear the siren and see the lights out your window, step outside your home, give the Bunny and first responders a wave, and get a little Easter treat in return.

You can even track their location on the rescue squad’s Facebook page as they post live updates of where the Bunny is during the day.

However, if you miss seeing the Bunny drive around town, come by the Rural Retreat Squad building at 218 East Railroad Avenue from 12:30 to 2 p.m. for a drive-thru meet-and-greet with the Bunny and receive a bag of Easter candy.

For more information on the Easter Bunny’s visit to Rural Retreat, call (276) 686-6964.

Do you know of any other fun and safe Easter festivities taking place in your community in the coming days? We’d love to hear about them! You can share them with us by emailing news@wfxrtv.com or sending us a message on the WFXR News Facebook page.

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