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Barnyard animals and egg hunt make for a good time at Holly Hill Farm

Visitors get to pet animals and hunt for Easter chocolate

Things sure were hopping at Holly Hill Farm this Easter Weekend.

The interactive petting farm opened its doors to families from March 29 to March 31 and guests could hold and pet various types of barnyard animals, including horses, donkeys, bunnies, chickens, sheep and goats.

“It’s pretty good,” says Lexi Rodwell-Ryder, a farm staff member.

Rodwell-Ryder wasn’t sure how many people came to the event overall, but bookings were reserved for one hour from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Only a maximum of 40 people were let in per hour block.

After the first few minutes of the hour, Rodwell-Ryder put some of the animals away and led the children into the chicken coop for an actual egg hunt.

“They all get to go in there and grab an egg and then feed some scratch to the chickens,” says Rodwell-Ryder. “After that, we can go to the barn over there (sheep barn) and hand feed the sheep.”

The farm has only two sheep currently, so the barn was split between sheep and goats. Afterwards, everyone has a few more minutes of free time to explore before everyone is brought back together for an Easter egg hunt.

“We do that by age too, so I go over a few things about that and thank everyone for coming. Then we let the littlest ones start because sometimes they need a head start,” Rodwell-Ryder says.

Children were also allowed to use a bouncy castle and playground.