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Easter Eggstravaganza organizers turn 1 huge annual egg hunt into 4

Easter egg hunters sprint into action at the annual Easter Eggstravaganza. The event will have a new location this year.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS – The annual Easter Eggstravaganza event will not take place at Strawberry Park Middle School this year due to a scheduling conflict. However, organizers plan for the super-sized event to be just as egg-cellent.

Steamboat Christian Center's community-wide Easter egg hunt will instead feature four different hunts at 4 and 6 p.m. Saturday, March 31 and 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday, April 1 directly after services at the church, 821 Dougherty Road.

"It's grown to such a big size, there are not a lot of places that can accommodate it," said Troy Lewis, Steamboat Christian Center’s lead pastor. "We're obviously bummed because the Easter Eggstravaganza has become a tradition in the community, and we really love doing it, but for whatever reason, the stars wouldn't align for us to have the event at its usual location."

Attracting about 3,000 kids last year, this free event typically features 25,000 plastic eggs on the ground and 5,000 more plastic eggs dropped by helicopter.

Organizers expect 100 kids at a time to participate in the hunts, which will be held in Steamboat Christian Center’s new Family Life Center where the floor will be covered with fake grass, perfect for hiding eggs.

"No mud, no snow, but more eggs, bikes and maybe a little less crowded than usual," Lewis said. "It will be a bigger area and give kids a chance to get more eggs and bikes."

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When kids sign in for the Easter egg hunt, their names will automatically be entered into a drawing for a chance to win one of 25 bikes that will be given away during each hunt.

"We've realized this is more than just for the church. It's for the community," Lewis said. "Again, we apologize it won't be like previous years, but we anticipate it to be just as fun as it has been in the past. And we feel like this is maybe the next best thing."

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If you go:

What: Easter Eggstravaganza egg hunts

When: 4 and 6 p.m. Saturday, March 31 and 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday, April 1

Where: Steamboat Christian Center, 821 Dougherty Road

Free and open to all kids in the community.