The third annual free ShineOnCass Animal Baby Shower & Egg Hunt will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 5, at the Hart-to-Hart Farm & Educational Center, 16 Duck Pond Road in Albion.

Abbie Drew greets one of the newborn animals last year at Hart-to-Hart Farm’s ShineOnCass Animal Baby Shower and Egg Hunt in Albion. The event is free to families from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 5. Children are asked to bring their own basket to find eggs hidden on the farm and visit newborn and adult farm animals. Photo courtesy of ShineOnCass Foundation

Children and families are invited to help welcome the farm’s newest spring arrivals of baby chicks, goats, calves and other animals, take part in a farm egg hunt and donate needed items to the Humane Society Waterville Area in honor and memory of Cassidy Charette.

Children participating in the egg hunt are asked to bring a basket to collect hidden eggs on the farm. The egg hunt will begin at 2:30 p.m. for children 6 years old and younger, followed by a hunt for children ages 7 to 12. All ages are welcome to meet and have their photo taken with the new babies and socialize with sheep, cows, bunnies and other farm animals at the petting area.

The Easter Bunny makes a guest appearance to collect donations for animals awaiting adoption at the Humane Society at last year’s ShineOnCass Animal Baby Shower & Egg Hunt at Hart-to-Hart Farm in Albion. Photo courtesy of ShineOnCass Foundation

The event also will include farm games, crafts, face painting and a visit by the Easter Bunny. All are encouraged to wear boots and warm clothing to the event.

The family-owned and operated organic dairy farm offers a variety of educational programs for children, adults and families. Cassidy Charette, an Oakland teen who died in a hayride accident in 2014, was a long-time summer camper there. In 2015, farm owners Linda and Doug Hartkopf and the community helped build Cassidy’s Kitchen — an outdoor, three-season kitchen for educational programs.

Those who attend the event are asked to bring a pet item to donate to the Humane Society Waterville Area in honor and memory of Charette, who was a shelter volunteer. Suggestions for “Baby Shower” donations include dry and wet, dye-free food for both dogs and cats.

The event is sponsored by Hart-to-Hart Farm and the ShineOnCass Foundation.

Cassidy Charette caring for her “adopted” farm animals at Hart-to-Hart Farm Camp in 2012. The Albion Farm will host the Third annual ShineOnCass Animal Baby Shower & Easter Egg Hunt free to the community from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 5. Families are asked to bring pet items to be donated to Humane Society Waterville Area, in Cassidy’s memory. Photo courtesy of ShineOnCass Foundation

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