Hy-Vee Bunny to wave to kids on April 10, 12

Allison Ullmann - Editor
The Hy-Vee Bunny will wave to kids from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Friday, April 10 at Perry Elementary. Families can also wave to the bunny from 1-2:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 12 as they drive through Pattee Park.

COVID-19 may have changed area Easter activities, but the Easter bunny will still be making an appearance in Perry.

The bunny has typically posed for photos with kids at Perry Hy-Vee. This year, the Hy-Vee Bunny will instead be visiting the Perry Elementary School on Friday, April 10. The bunny will be waving to kids from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. on April 10 during the elementary school’s grab-and-go meal program.

Larry Vodenik has taken photos of the Easter bunny, as well as Santa Claus at Hy-Vee, for multiple years. He wanted to find a way to bring the Hy-Vee Bunny to area kids this year, even amid COVID-19 concerns.

“I’ve been doing this for 19 years. I look forward to it, I have a good time when I take the pictures. I was going to miss it more than the kids did,” he said.

He talked with Perry Elementary Principal Ned Menke about having the Hy-Vee Bunny wave to students during their grab-and-go meal program.

“After a few days of thinking about it, I thought we’re not reaching that many kids. I wanted to find a way to open it up to the public,” Vodenik said.

He talked with the Perry Volunteer Fire Department about using a truck to drive the Easter bunny around town. Instead, the Hy-Vee Bunny will wave to kids and families from the safety of their cars on Sunday, April 12.

The bunny, along with friends from the Perry Fire Department, will wave to families from 1-2:30 p.m. on April 12 as they drive through Pattee Park. Vehicles should enter the park from Willis Avenue and turn south on West Third Street.

“I just wanted to do that and I thought there’s no reason we couldn’t give kids something to look forward to,” Vodenik said. “And everybody can have a little fun, hopefully.”