Sophie Leeson, 6, scrounges for plastic eggs at the annual Easter Egg Hunt at Howelsen Hill in Steamboat Springs on Saturday morning. Volunteers hid more than 5,000 eggs this year for children to collect.

Photo by Brian Ray

Sophie Leeson, 6, scrounges for plastic eggs at the annual Easter Egg Hunt at Howelsen Hill in Steamboat Springs on Saturday morning. Volunteers hid more than 5,000 eggs this year for children to collect.

Easter egg scramble

Hunt draws festive crowd



The Easter Bunny arrives at Howelsen Hill to greet children at the Easter Egg Hunt.

— At the tender age of 2, Elisa Engelken already knows what Easter means for her.

"She's been saying 'Easter bunny bring candy' for days," Elisa's mother, Nancy Engelken, said Saturday.

Engelken and her daughter joined hundreds of youngsters and their families at a crowded Howelsen Hill on Saturday morning for the city of Steamboat Springs' 33rd annual Easter Egg Hunt. Parents pushed their children across the snow at Howelsen - some in snow-tired strollers, others piled on sleds, clutching their Easter baskets on the bumpy rides across the softball fields - to take part in pre-Easter festivities.

Children scrambled for Easter eggs in the hay, as they did earlier

in the day at similar Easter egg hunts in Hayden, South Routt and at Steamboat Christian Center's "Eggstravaganza."

At Howelsen, young egg-hunters stockpiled their treasures in everything from the traditional Easter basket to Halloween candy buckets, metallic gift bags, insulated lunch pails and even a yellow toy dump truck.

Some late arrivals found the Easter Egg Hunt already picked clean of its colorful plastic candy and prize containers.

"We just missed the eggs," Steamboat resident Amy Satkiewicz said, as her daughter Olivia good-naturedly tromped around the hillside, refusing to give up.

"She's still searching desperately," Satkiewicz said.

Most parents did not mind the long line for a visit with the Easter Bunny, who posed for photos on the spring-flower-decorated Barrows chairlift.

"We've got balloons - that's the most important thing," said Stephanie Courson, holding her 2-year-old son, Austin. "And lollipops."

Kids also crowded around the rabbit pen to catch a peek at 10-year-old Kyra Hornor's real-life Easter bunnies.

"I don't think they can compare with the real one over there though," Kyra said.

Kyra proudly held out her rabbits for a few friendly pats on the head from onlookers of all ages. Most of the children were very good with the 7-year-old, lop-eared rabbits, although some, particularly the toddlers, did not know how to handle the furry pair, Hornor said.

"I was holding Rain, and a baby patted my glove - I was like 'That's not the bunny, that's me!'" Kyra said.

In addition to residents, many vacationing families crowded Howelsen on Saturday to give their kids a chance to hunt for eggs in the hay and the snow, with Friday's lift tickets still fluttering on their jackets.

"There's a lot of people in town for Easter," Satkiewicz said. "It's insane."

Easter worship services

- Holy Name Catholic Church

Where: 524 Oak St.

Call: 879-0671

Services: Easter mass is at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

- Seventh Day Adventist Church

Where: 347 12th St.

Call: 871-4927

Services: 11 a.m.

- St. Paul's Episcopal Church

Where: Ninth and Oak streets

Call: 879-0925

Services: 8 and 10:30 a.m.

- First Baptist Church

Where: 3200 Divine Way

Call: 879-1446

Services: Sunday school at 10 a.m., followed by 11 a.m. worship and a 6:30 p.m. evening service

- Concordia Lutheran Church

Where: 755 Concordia Lane

Call: 879-0175

Services: 6:30 a.m. sunrise worship, with regular services at 8 and 10:45 a.m. An Easter breakfast runs from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. Sunday.

- Euzoa Bible Church

Where: 32305 Routt County Road 38

Call: 879-0123

Services: 9 and 11 a.m.

- Mission of Grace Baptist Church

Where: 361 Sunflower Drive, Hayden

Call: 276-3111

Services: 11 a.m.

- Steamboat Christian Center

Where: Off U.S. Highway 40, just east of town

Call: 879-0063

Services: 10 a.m.

- United Methodist Church of Steamboat Springs

Where: Eighth and Oak streets

Call: 879-1290

Services: 6:45 a.m. sunrise worship on the mountain at the top of the gondola. The gondola will start running at 6 a.m. free of charge. There are Easter services at the Church at 9:30 and 11 a.m.

- Anchor Way Baptist Church

Where: 40650 Anchor Way

Call: 879-7062

Services: 8:45 and 10:45 a.m.

- Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

Where: 1155 Central Park Drive

Call: 879-0220

Services: Sacrament starts at 9 a.m.

- Steamboat Church of Christ

Where: 1698 Lincoln Avenue

Call: 879-6670

Services: 9:30 a.m. Bible study, followed by 10:30 a.m. worship

- Steamboat Springs Evangelical Free Church

Where: 345 Anglers Drive

Call: 879-3020

Services: 10 a.m.

- Yampa Bible Church

Where: 8B Moffat Avenue, Yampa

Call: 638-4411

Services: 8:30 a.m. sunrise worship, followed by a 9:30 a.m. breakfast and 11 a.m. service

- Hayden Congregational Church, UCC

Where: 202 E. Jefferson Avenue, Hayden

Call: 276-3510

Services: Sunday school and worship start at 10:30 a.m.


letomayo 9 years ago

don't you think its funny that kids learn the pagan rituals instead of the christian reason for easter. do you christians understand that most of your easter tradition is about rabbits and chicks and eggs which come from the pagan beliefs in fertility. do christians know they celebrate alot of pagan rituals and alot of christian beliefs are based on pagan rituals. well this little tot knows about bunnies and eggs and candy. Halleluiah!


JazzSlave 9 years ago


So what and why do you assume egg-hunting Christians are ignorant of the resurrection? I am an agnostic, raised by agnostics, and even I knew - as a child - what the hubbub was about. Egg-hunting was just a fun little game not a fertility rite.

When a Christian says it's Sunday, he is not referencing the sun. When he says Monday, he's not talking about the moon. Tuesday is the day after Monday, and not an homage to Tyr; nor Wednesday to honor Odin; or Thursday to suck up to Thor; or August to commemorate the Emperor Augustus, etc. Maybe you think differently, but that's your problem and not theirs.

Your ineffectual whining about Christians says more about you than it does about them.


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