Snowflakes just egged them on
More than 200 children shrugged off steady snowflakes to snag 2,600 plastic eggs from the Bancroft Park lawns March 22 in the annual Old Colorado City
Associates (OCCA) merchants group's Easter Egg Hunt.
After that 40-second interlude, the fun really began, in small groups around the park, as the young treasure-finders opened their eggs with family members to see what had been placed inside - candy, a small toy or, in 700 cases, prizes from local merchants.
Nancy Stovall, who coordinated the annual free event for the OCCA, estimated that 200 to 250 youngsters participated in the three simultaneous hunts (offered for ages 1-2, 3-4 and 5-8).
Only promoted on the Westside, the OCCA intends the Egg Hunt(s) as a thank-you to the neighborhoods for supporting Old Colorado City as well as for putting up with its various larger events during the year.
Pre-hunt activities March 22 included recorded music, fun with the Easter Bunny, face-painting, balloon-twisting and food (all free). According to reports that Stovall received, during the event's overall hour and a half people enjoyed 400 cups of hot chocolate, 200 servings of popcorn and 125 dips of ice cream.
Giving out the ice cream in the 40-degree weather, sisters-in-law Shannon and Kirstie Wright admitted surprise at its popularity. "It was slower before it started snowing," Kirstie laughed.
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