Families pose with the Easter Bunny at a drive-thru picture event in Salem

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SALEM, Va (WFXR) — Due to COVID-19 many holiday traditions were put on hold. However, thanks to some creativity and social distancing, memories are created as people waited in their car to take a picture with the Easter Bunny at the Salem Civic Center.

Folks are cruising down the bunny trail to get a glimpse of the Easter Bunny.

Early in the day on Saturday, March 27, children of all ages — and some who are young at heart — took their turn getting their picture taken with the floppy-eared friend.

“I’m excited to get dressed up and just take pictures,” said Arianna Krista.

“This is her first year seeing the Easter Bunny. I think she’s excited but nervous at the same time, but it’s great that Salem’s doing this,” said Aubrey Beeson.

It’s the second time the Salem Civic Center hosted a drive-thru picture-taking event for families. In December, Santa Clause made a special appearance.

“We did this at Christmas, and it was great. We wanted to do the Easter Bunny because we are still in a pandemic, and little kids need as much excitement as they can get,” said Corrie Prater, marketing manager for the Salem Civic Center.

Organizers and participants followed proper COVID-19 protocols to ensure a safe and fun Easter picture experience.

Children were seated on a bench instead of the Easter Bunny’s lap, and in between each sitting the bench is sanitized.

“It warms our heart. Some of these kids are in homeschooling and were not being able to play with their friends. We want to give them some type of normalcy. So, they have these memories that are normal every year pictures with the Easter bunny, whether they’re crying or smiling pictures, we wanted to make sure to give that to them,” said Prater.

A picture says a thousand words, and while families had to practice social distancing to capture these moments, It’s the memories they will cherish forever.

For more information about the Drive-Thru Easter Bunny Pictures, click here.

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