Arts & Culture

Main Street Pittsboro Celebrates Chatham250 with Found It!-Chatham Rabbit Hunt

Main Street Pittsboro invites everyone to downtown Pittsboro on Saturday, April 10 from 10:30am-7pm to participate in the Found It! Chatham Rabbit Hunt. Five embellished rabbit statues will be hidden on and near Hillsboro Street. The first 25 visitors to the Welcome Center who show a photo of themselves with 3 of the 5 statues will receive a $10 voucher to be redeemed at one of the participating downtown businesses. All participants will be entered into a drawing to win one of the rabbit statues.

In acknowledgment of Pittsboro’s thriving creative culture, the 11″ rabbit statues will all be embellished by local artists Theresa Arico Mosaics, Lani Chaves, Sally Gregoire, Darcy Szeremi — many of whom are exhibiting artists at the Pittsboro Gallery of the Arts.

“The choice of a rabbit as an icon for the event refers to a chapter in our history from 1880-1920 when Chatham County was the source for the ‘Chatham Rabbit’, a delicacy served in the finest hotels and rail cars all along the East Coast,” said Main Street Pittsboro’s chair Maria Parker-Lewis. “With this symbol of spring we can have fun, share a bit of our history, and support downtown businesses at the same time.”

Found It! Chatham Rabbit Hunt coincides with the kick-off of Chatham County’s 250th birthday celebration called Founding Day. Founding Day also happens on Saturday, April 10, 2021, 2-5pm in downtown Pittsboro on Hanks Street. This drive-thru event will have multiple stations that focus on history and community, with opportunities for community members to share, learn, and engage. Participants can also look forward to a birthday party theme. There will be a goody bag, party hat, a pinata raffle, and a sweet treat for community members to take home.

Raffle tickets to win 4 of the Found It! rabbit statues will be available for $5 each at participating downtown businesses. Proceeds of ticket sales will go to Main Street Pittsboro, a 501(c)3 non-profit agency.


2021 is set to be a year of hope, celebration and inspiration as the Chatham community celebrates its 250th birthday. In order to make the most of this special occasion, Chatham County will host several events throughout the course of the year that people of all ages and backgrounds will be able to take part in and enjoy. More information about Chatham250 and Founding Day can be found at


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