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Easter at the Capital – WITH GALLERY

By Matthew Young, RealWV

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The holiday weekend began in festive fashion at the Capital Saturday, with the annual Bunny Brunch and Easter Celebration. On hand for the festivities were West Virginia’s Governor and First Lady Jim and Cathy Justice, Commissioner of Culture and History Randall Reid-Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny, Smokey the Bear, several Disney Princesses, and a few hundred smiling children. 

Princess Ariel visits the State Capital for the Bunny Brunch and Easter Celebration. Photo by Matthew Young, RealWV.

The event featured food and snacks from Chick-Fil-A, a petting zoo provided by Campbell Family Farm, games and crafts, and an Easter egg hunt. Jasper, Lewis County High School’s Friends With Paws therapy dog was also out and about to say hello.

Lewis County High School Friends With Paws therapy dog, Jasper, with Sarah Linger. Photo by Matthew Young, RealWV.

Walmart provided 14 bicycles which were raffled off, and the Charleston Dirty Birds baseball team donated five four-packs of tickets. Also on hand for the free raffle were Dirty Birds Manager Billy Horn, and Pitching Coach Joe Testa. 

Charleston Dirty Birds Manager Billy Horn and Pitching Coach Joe Testa. Photo by Matthew Young, RealWV.

“Go support the Dirty Birds because they’ve supported you,” First Lady Justice told the crowd before the tickets were raffled. “Thank you for coming out today, and Happy Easter.”

W.Va. First Lady Cathy Justice addresses the crowd from the steps of the Culture Center. Photo by Matthew Young, RealWV.

While all of the eggs used in the Easter egg hunt contained a small treat or toy, three “golden” eggs were hidden amongst the rest. The finders of those golden eggs received a giant stuffed bunny.  

Photos by Matthew Young, RealWV.

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