OXFORD >> With all the crowds in sight, it was as if a rock star had arrived on Market Street in the borough. But on that pleasant spring Saturday before Easter, it was Chick and Bunny Day with a visit by Mr. and Mrs. Rabbit that drew hundreds of families to Oxford Feed and Lumber. There they had a chance to have a photo taken and pet (or even buy) a baby chick or bunny.
Even as the event started at 10 a.m., the lot was packed and people were driving around the block looking for another place to park. Meanwhile, at the front door of the popular store, parents, children and pets formed a line that snaked around the aisles just for a minute or two to have the family portrait taken. Store owner Larry Drennen was more than happy to be handed a parent’s cell phone and snap a picture of the kids with the rabbit couple, and then he took another with the mom and pop on either side. Even family pets were welcomed as they waited for a picture with Mr. and Mrs. Rabbit.
“Isn’t this something? It’s our most popular event, even more than Santa Claus,” Drennen said.
But photos with rabbits weren’t the only attraction. Along the center aisle were several bins filled with little peeping chicks of all colors and markings. The kids gathered around to reach in and touch them, and they were often heard to ask their parents, “Can I have one?”
For the lucky ones, Mom or Dad bought a few.
Then at the back wall were cages with baby bunnies.
This was a popular station staffed by Juliana Leo. On request she brought out the bunnies and permitted the children to pat them.
There were some shoppers who came in for their weekly supply of cat, dog or bird feed, but on this Saturday at midday in the middle of Oxford, the stars were the rabbits, the chicks and the photographs.