Toddlers to get their own turf for this year’s OCC egg hunt

       A third foraging area - for ages 1 and 2 - has been added for the 10th annual Easter Egg Hunt in Old Colorado City's Bancroft Park Saturday, March 31.
       The toddlers “were getting trampled,” explained Nancy Stovall of the Old Colorado City Associates (OCCA) merchants group, which organizes the event.
       As a result, there will now be three simultaneous groups of egg-hunters - each in their own part of the park - when the Easter Bunny (or his/her designated spokesperson) tells them they can start out with their baskets at 12:30 p.m.
       The other age categories in the free event are 3-to-4 and 5-to-8 year-olds.
       Actually, not a great deal of “hunting” will be required. Stovall said there will be more than 2,500 eggs in all. These won't be eggs eggs, nor even the candy variety. They will be plastic eggs, each one holding a small toy, candy or a paper slip. The kids may not find the slip very interesting, but parents might want to check it out. Each one will identify a prize from some Old Colorado City merchant. In all, more than 40 Old Town businesses are contributing prizes, Stovall said.
       Families are invited to come to the park with their kids an hour beforehand and participate in pre-hunt activities, including face painting, balloon twisting, a carousel, ice cream and petting bunnies, Stovall said. Also being planned are musical entertainment and a parade around the park, led by (who else?) the Easter Bunny.
       The OCCA puts on the annual event as a thank-you to Westsiders for their support. In past years, when the weather has been favorable, as many as 300 children have joined in. Bancroft Park is in the 2400 block of West Colorado Avenue.

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