So after the Valentine’s Day event, I took a bit of a break from making appearances. Not just as Miss Durham World 2017, but as Katie too. I basically became a hermit, going outside only to go to class, and spending the rest of my time doing homework.

But FEAR NOT! I sneaked back out of my hidey hole just before exams to make a special early Easter appearance at April’s monthly One Stop Shop in Durham Region!

Oh, why hello there. My name is Katie, Miss Durham World 2017. Welcome to my crib.

Each month, a handful of local businesses come together to create a fundraising vendors market (a One Stop Shop!) event with a 50/50 and raffle in support of a local charity.

On April 9th, I joined the vendors of One Stop Shop at the Shriner’s Club in Oshawa in support of the Durham Mental Health Association and mental health awareness.  And since it was so close to Easter, this month, the Easter Bunny stopped by to give out free chocolates!

I had the pleasure of greeting people at the door and helping hand out swag bags to the first 50 people.

Handing out #Swag bags

Later in the day, I got the chance to talk to some of the great vendors, and I even got to go on an Easter Egg Hunt!

Chatting up the vendors!

Making plans for how to hunt down those sneaky little chocolate eggs

This little guy was too shy to ask the Easter Bunny for another chocolate, but found some (wrapped) chocolate eggs on the floor nearby! So we decided to go on a dangerous hunt down the treacherous hardwood floors, and through the valley of the vendors to find more…

Disclaimer: No children were harmed in the making of this over-exaggerated story.

Later on, I got to wind down and socialize with some of the attendees, and just hangout for a bit with my new friend and read some of his awesome new comic books!

Letting this beautiful little girl try on my crown

Who could resist that smile!

Doing a little light reading…okay, just looking at the pictures…same thing, right?

All in all, it was a great day in support of a great cause.  And definitely worth missing a day of studying for exams!

Written by: Katie

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