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Eggs for hunt on farm in Lake Villa dropped from helicopter

Lake Villa-3/24/13 Sun./SusannFarms Chris Meagan drops Easter Eggs out for waiting kids Sunday SusannFarms Lake VillSunday with pilot Trevor Heffernan.

Lake Villa-3/24/13, Sun./Susanna Farms Chris Meagan, drops Easter Eggs out for waiting kids Sunday at Susanna Farms in Lake Villa Sunday with pilot Trevor Heffernan. | Joe Shuman~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: April 26, 2013 6:12AM



The wind brought a cold bite to Sunday’s Easter Egg Hunt at Susanna Farms in Lake Villa that featured a helicopter egg drop.

“You know how it feels when your hands are really cold and then you put them on something warm,” said Darren Vanderpool of Round Lake Beach. He was smiling after coming in from the field where they had just held an egg drop and he had gathered up quite a few of the plastic eggs, some with a touch of mud on them. His hands were wrapped warmly around a cup of hot chocolate.

His grandmother, Elaine Case of Virginia, came with the family and was impressed with the Midwest’s strength of character. “I have never hid eggs in the snow before. We don’t do that in Virginia,” she said with a laugh.

“I can’t wait to show my friends the pictures,” she said.

The egg drop will now join the annual Halloween festivities out on the four- generation Heffernan farm at 24153 Town Line Road, Lake Villa.

Laura Heffernan said they got the idea for the helicopter egg drop because her nephew, Paul, just started a business called Chicago Helicopter Express and this would be a fun way to promote it. He had to be careful to make sure he was going into the wind as he hovered over the field just down from the barns.

The youngest kids got to go first and then the older ones were told it was their turn to go. “And it’s madness,” yelled Grandmother Case as the older kids stampeded to the field.

“I think the 3-year-old (Jack Kosing) liked the helicopter better than the eggs,” she said. Darren Vanderpool liked the miniature donkeys and other animals “I pretty much liked all the animals,” he said.

His brother Danny was into the baby chicks, which kids got to hold, “I really liked seeing the little birds,” he said, revisiting the chicks a couple of times while waiting for his hot chocolate. And the helicopter, “I was impressed with that too,” he said.

Rob and Tara Kosing, Vanderpool’s parents, said they brought the family, also including Dylan Vanderpool, 11, and Gabriel Kosing, 5, because it sounded fun and they are fans of the farm in the fall. They always get their pumpkins there and the kids like the mazes made of corn rows or hay bales.

“It was great. The kids loved it and it was cool,” he said, referring to the helicopter.

Sisters Kelly Bohnen and Kathy Halpern, brought their kids because it just feels so good to be out on the farm with the animals.

“We thought, ‘Where can you come out to a true farm?’ It’s just cool. It’s like an authentic farm” said Bohnen, who lives in Arlington Heights. “We are definitely going to come back up here,” she said.

Additional educational information is placed throughout the grounds to help all visitors to the farm learn more about the history of Susanna Farms and about farming in general.

Scott Larsen, 41, of Wauconda and his daughter, Sammi, 7, got a late start from home so they missed the egg drop. But they were getting a hot drink for a barn tour and checking out the chickens when magically some plastic eggs appeared from behind the hot chocolate counter and Sammi’s pockets were quickly filled.

Larsen said his daughter has liked baby birds ever since they took home ducklings from school. “They loved it in the backyard,” he said of the ducklings. “They were very fuzzy,” volunteered Sammi.

She liked the “chicks” best, “They are really fuzzy and cute. And the baby horses, they’re also cute,” she said.

Laura Heffernan said Susanna Farms is now opening for a select set of weekends this winter and spring so families can come see their two new bull calves from the Scottish Highland breed of cattle. They have long horns and shaggy coats.

The arm also is open to school groups, scout troops, birthday parties and private parties. Their web site is www.susannafarms.com or call (847) 838-0798 for more information. The Chicago Helicopter Express Web site is www.chiheliexpress.com.

As the 40 or so adults and children came back up from the field where the egg drop was held, Heffernan look satisfied. “That was fun. That was very cute,” she said.



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