Well over a hundred people gathered at Chipeta Park in Poncha Springs’ on Saturday, April 20 to attend the Town’s annual Easter Egg hunt. It was a beautifully mild day perfect for the egg searching occasion. The warm day was especially welcome after a week of unpredictably cold and blustery Colorado springtime weather. Parents and children started gathering about 30 minutes before the anticipated 10 a.m. kickoff.
Chaffee County Fire kept many of the early attendees busy with one of its fire engines on display in the Town Hall parking lot. Of course, the Easter Bunny was also present to wish everyone a Happy Easter and help the little ones in their egg hunting adventure.
Poncha Springs town Administrator Brian Berger said the town of Poncha Springs purchased 3000 plastic eggs for the event and then (acting on the Easter Bunny’s directions) strategically placed them throughout Chipeta Park earlier that morning. Each egg was filled with either a piece of candy or a small toy. One large, “Golden Egg” that contained a grand prize of five dollars, was well hidden in the park. A three and under part of the park was sectioned off in the southeast corner to ensure the littlest kids received a fair hunt.
Just after 10 a.m. everyone ringed the park and the Easter Egg hunt was officially underway. It was a fairly short lived hunt, given how many children were present, but everyone found their fair share. The sheer number of eggs made sure all the Easter baskets were nearly overflowing by the end. By all accounts, it was a well organized and orchestrated event. A great way to spend a Saturday morning in the heart of The Rockies.