Easter bunny takes flight

HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - You won't see the Easter bunny hop into town this weekend, but you might see him in the sky.

He's trading in his feet for a helicopter to arrive in style for Grace United Methodist Church's annual Easter egg hunt.

"We wanted to do something that was unique and somewhat bold," said Kent Rogers, pastor at Grace United. "We chose to collaborate with some groups in the community. We heard the idea, "what would happen if we brought the Easter bunny in on a helicopter?" Everybody said, "Wow, that's a great idea!""

Midwest MedAir will fly him in their helicopter to Hawthorne Elementary School, which is where the egg hunt will be.

People at the church have already prepared 2,000 bags full of candy and 20,000 eggs to hide around the school.

There's also some stuffed bunnies for prizes.

"This isn't about bringing attention to Grace United Methodist Church. It's really just trying to make a difference in the community which we live. Hawthorne is our neighborhood school, so we have a partnership with that school. We're excited," Rogers said.

If the weather is bad, the Easter bunny will arrive on a firetruck.

The Easter egg hunt will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Hawthorne Elementary.

It's for kids up to fifth grade, and is free and open to the community.