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Farmington Business Association's Easter carnival returns Saturday

Unlike the elusive Tooth Fairy who no one ever really sees, the Easter Bunny will not only be around for pictures this weekend, he’ll be bringing along some candy.

The Easter Bunny is a featured guest at the Farmington Business Association’s annual Easter Carnival, which will take place Saturday at Meadowview Elementary School.

The Easter Carnival has become a staple of the Easter weekend in Farmington. It’s been around for years, said organizer Cris Gerster, and it has a reputation for bringing in hundreds of Farmington families.

This year’s carnival will feature 20 different games for kids, Gerster said. Several of the businesses are sponsoring new games this year, and the Farmington Royal Ambassadors will do face painting, she added.

“It runs like a well-oiled machine,” Gerster said. “The business owners are excited to do this. Who doesn’t love happy kids?”

One of the popular games that is back this year is the egg dive, where kids can dive in and search out goodies. Most of the kids will likely find candy, but 100 of them may find a gold coin.

This year, Dakota Electric Association has donated a girls and a boys bicycle for a raffle too be held during the event. Several businesses have also contributed goodie baskets to the raffle.

The Easter Carnival will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. in two gymnasiums at Meadowview Elementary School. The cost is $2 per child. Families with three or more children will be charged a maximum of $5, and children under 24 months are free. Adults are also free.

Michelle Leonard

Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and served as the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 

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