The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

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April 13, 2014

Regal Vineyard hosts first Country Easter Day

GENEVA TOWNSHIP — For the past three years, Regal Vineyard on County Line Road has been best-known for its Haunted Winery and Haunted Corn Maze. However, Saturday, it began a brand-new tradition: Country Easter Day.

Debbie and Mark Mihalik, owners of Regal Vineyard, hosted this event as a way to get families together and to give back to the community.

"With all of the Easter egg hunts around, we wanted to do something different for families," said Debbie Mihalik.

Admission was free, but families were asked to bring a canned or non-perishable food item, which would be donated to the local food pantry.

The events began at 10 a.m. and continued until 1 p.m. Activities included the egg roll, sack races, face painting, shooting eggs out of corn cannons, a lollipop garden, tractor rides, an Easter bonnet contest and pictures with the Easter bunny, who rode into the farm on a tractor trailer.

The animals, some of which were babies, were one of the biggest highlights for families. Children enjoyed petting the donkeys, sheep, goats, bunnies and even a camel.

Bradley and Kayla Blankenship, of Madison, brought their children Karley, 5, and Karson, 1, to partake in the festivites.

"We had fun on the tractor ride, and the kids love the animals," said Kayla.

Crystal Cole, of Ashtabula, came out to enjoy the beautiful weather with her daughters, Brittaney, 9, and Lucy, 6. Brittaney really enjoyed the potato sack race, and Lucy especially liked the face painting.

Twenty-five volunteers helped to make the day a success, and companies donated to the good cause as well. Penn Ohio provided porta-potties and DJ Dan Nichols donated his services for the day.

Vanessa Frank, 15, of Geneva, was a volunteer who was in charge of the egg and spoon race.

"I thought it would be really fun to watch kids do it and have fun," said Frank. "Now that I'm grown up, I can't do it anymore.

It's also a great way to get community service for high school, added Frank.

Mihalik was very grateful for the volunteers, and expressed that this day could not have happened without them.

"We definitely want to do this again," said Mihalik.

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