Chester County goes on a Bear Hunt

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Last week, Chester County jumped onto the trend of filling up the county with teddy bears and other stuffed animals for the Chester County Bear Hunt.
The nationwide event had people placing a bear (or other stuffed animal) in a window, on their porch or anywhere that is visible from the street. Then everyone drove around and “hunted” for bears.
“It’s a neat way to get folks out of their houses but still practice social distancing,” said Amber Garner who started the Facebook event page. “I decided on Monday night to create an event page for a Chester County Bear Hunt. I asked everyone to share their street or neighborhood so that people would know the areas in which to hunt. I encouraged anyone who posted pictures to tag them #ccbearhunt. Originally, the “hunt” was only going to be on Thursday. When I woke up in Tuesday, though, homeowners and businesses were already posting their bears and others were out hunting. I hadn’t anticipated so much participation so quickly! It was very exciting. I decided to post that the hunt would run Tuesday through Friday. I don’t know how many people are participating, but over 700 have responded to the event page as of this morning (Thursday).”
Garner mentioned how one family counted over 200 bears during a hunt on Wednesday.
“Some people have been creative dressing up their bears and even creating bear tea parties,” she said.
According to Garner, Freed-Hardeman created a scavenger hunt and posted clues online for people to drive around campus and search for bears, lions, pigs and even a sloth.
Garner really enjoyed the Chester County Bear Hunt with her mom and her daughter on Wednesday.”
“My mother and I took my daughter hunting throughout the county… We had so much fun being out and enjoyed both the hunt and the sunshine. We also got to see friends and family as we drove by their houses though we maintained our six feet.”
This activity that has sparked the nation has given families something to do and enjoy during the sad times that everyone is facing from COVID-19 and social distancing.
“This is a very scary time for all of us,” Garner said. “People are worried, not only about sickness but about jobs and finances. Being stuck inside is also hard on most. I hope this has helped provide a little fun and entertainment for everyone. It started out as something for the kids, but teens and adults [were] out “hunting” too. I love seeing families enjoying this activity together. And I love seeing our community come together and be a part of this.
I hope to plan other similar activities in the weeks to come.”

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