Celebrating Easter

Traditional egg hunts scheduled at churches, parks today

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Forecast snowfall may send the Easter Bunny indoors today at the United Methodist Church.

"We've had the Easter Egg Hunt indoors several times over the years, and it actually works out better," said Nancy Flavell, director of children's ministries. "The older kids go downstairs, and the younger kids stay upstairs. When we divide up the age groups, it gives the little bitties a fighting chance."

Candy-filled plastic eggs will be hidden in the pews of the United Methodist Church for babies and in couches downstairs.

Each child is given a sack for his or her candy. The eggs are returned to the church for use next year.

The Easter Bunny will oversee the hunt.

"Do I believe in the Easter Bunny? Absolutely. I have to. I have a 6-year-old," Flavell said. "This bunny has a really effective costume. My child was scared to death."

Flavell will bring a Polaroid camera to the event so that children can have their picture taken with the bunny.

The United Methodist Easter Egg Hunt is open to children ages 1 to 10 years old. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. for this annual event.

The event is free and open to the public. Egg hunters are asked to meet at the Oak Street door of the church. Doors open all at once and the stampede of children is let into the church at exactly 9:30 a.m.

After the hunt, refreshments will be available for parents as their children get wired on the candy they found.

Their sugar energy can then be focused on the 28th annual Steamboat Springs Easter Egg Hunt at 11 a.m. at Howelsen Hill. The hunt is open to children ages 3 to 9. Pickles the Clown will be on hand to entertain the mud-caked, slipping and sliding hunt on the hill.

"From the moment the fliers come out, we definitely encourage people to wear their mud boots," Steamboat Springs sports coordinator Christina Freeman said.

The Easter Bunny will arrive on the chairlift and will be available for photos. If the weather is bad, the bunny will stay inside a yurt. The event and photosare free.

After the egg hunt, First Impressions of Routt County will hold a puppet show in Olympian Hall.

Children elsewhere in Routt County also will get a chance to celebrate Easter. Oak Creek will celebrate with a children's Easter egg hunt, a bonnet contest and a contest for the best-dressed egg. The festivities will begin at 11 a.m. in Decker Park. A scavenger hunt and adult egg hunt will begin at 2 p.m. at the Colorado Bar, and drawings for an Easter basket will take place at 5:30 p.m.

An Easter egg hunt will be held in Hayden at 11 a.m. at Hayden Town Park for children 8 and younger. Children should bring their own baskets.

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