Annual OCC Egg Hunt April 4

       The Old Colorado City Associates (OCCA) merchants group will sponsor its Easter Egg Hunt in Bancroft Park Saturday, April 4.
       But the free annual festivities will be slightly different than in the past, explained Diane Dimbat, the OCCA board member who is coordinating the event this year.
       The same as before will be the separate, simultaneous hunts for ages 1-2 and 3-4 at 12:30 p.m. “sharp,” with other activities (such as face-painting, balloon-twisting and ice cream) going on for an hour or so before that. The changes will be for ages 5-8, who first will be led through Old Colorado City on a scavenger hunt for goodies in different stores before they too get a chance to race after eggs in the park, Dimbat explained.
       The idea for the older kids and their families is to “get them out of the park” to see more of Old Colorado City itself, she said. “It's something we're trying this year, and we'll see if it works.”
       In past years, an average of 150 to 200 children have participated in the Egg Hunt, depending on the weather. With a marketing firm on contract in recent months, the OCCA has been pushing its events more extensively than in the past, but Dimbat said this effort will be toned down somewhat for the Egg Hunt, which traditionally has been geared for the neighborhoods around Old Colorado City. “It won't be as large as Safe Treats [the merchants' Halloween candy giveaway which grew to about 3,500 kids this year], but we do want to broaden it some,” Dimbat said.
       Spread out on the Bancroft lawn, the hunt's “eggs” are actually plastic ovals, each one holding a small toy, candy or a paper slip indicating the child has won a prize from some Old Colorado City merchant.
       For more information, call 577-4112.

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