LANE COUNTY, Ore. -- With last Easter taking place right at the beginning of a global pandemic, many businesses and organizations didn't have in-person events or any at all. However this year, the story was much different as people began to take that next step towards normalcy.
The Eugene Civic Alliance gave families an opportunity to safely gather with friends and families for a day full of fun and games.
Matt Sorensen and his family attended the event and he said he was glad to be able to get out of the house. “We were anxious to get our kids out, have some fun, have some family time together. The weather cooperated so we came out here and it's a blast,” Sorensen said.
Monica Hernandez, director of marketing and communications for ECA, said this was the first Easter event since Civic Park opened in July 2020, and they hope to make it an annual event.
"We're just excited to be able to offer this to our community, especially you know after some tough times last year and kids are now ready to go out and socialize,” Hernandez said.
At One Love Church in Eugene, they held two services for Easter Sunday as opposed to their normal one.
Worship Pastor Chelsea King said the church is no stranger to making adjustments over the past year.
"It's been a lot of adapting and changing and trying to just feel things out,” King said.
Both of these organizations required people to wear masks and socially distance. Those rules were also in place at Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt where it held its own celebration for the holiday.
Everyone that stopped by was able to grab an Easter egg that contained some sort of prize and candy before they placed their order. While customers weren’t able to prepare their treat themselves, they seemed happy to just be out and about.
"Last year we kinda stayed indoors and did our own thing, so it's nice to be out again," customer Neil Wilson said.