Local children egged on by hunts and bunnies
Sophia Vegill, 3, of Glenwood Springs, wore a pretty pink and black Easter dress to the Hotel Colorado on Saturday morning. She collected half a basket of plastic eggs on the hotel’s front lawn before she had to go to her mother on the deck for a quick warming up.”Are you cold?” Christine Vegill asked her little girl.Sophia shook her whole body. “Yes.”The pair were among a hand full of egg hunters left a little after 9 a.m.”I think they’re all getting cold,” said Erin Amichaux, the hotel banquet manager. “They’re turning in early.”The Hotel Colorado puts out 1,000 eggs and usually has about 100 kids under the age of five come for the hunt. There were only about 40 kids this year.It was also the first year for a hunt at the Glenwood Hot Springs Pool.About 60 kids turned out for that egg hunt and the pool staff put out 600 eggs, said Dawn Hayes, the pool sales manager.Plastic eggs were scattered on top of the grass throughout the pool lawn.”We didn’t have it in the pool, because we didn’t want the kids to get hurt getting into the water,” Hayes said.While none of the eggs were hidden in the water, the scene outside was wet enough. Kids and parents huddled under the overhang at the snack bar until the great hunt started.Liam Hoffmeister, 8, was hunting for candy at the Hot Springs pool. He’s been to Easter egg hunts before. But he and his brothers and sisters are from New Castle and usually stay in town.”We read that they are giving away a golden egg with a pass in it,” said Michelle, Liam’s mom. “And we all like to go swimming.”The Easter egg hunt at Sopris Park in Carbondale also drew a crowd. There were about 100 kids, and the weather didn’t dampen spirits at all there.”Last year it snowed,” said Chris Loertscher, Carbondale recreation director. “It was probably the same turn out this year. Everyone comes out. A lot of the Latinos come out for this, too, which is great.”The event in Carbondale has been going on for at least 10 years, Loertscher said.Saturday was packed with egg hunts. Morgan Bilodeau, 2, planned to go to three egg hunts with his mom, Leann. They got about 25 eggs at Sopris Park in Carbondale and were headed to the hunts at Sayre Park and Iron Bridge Golf Club in Glenwood.This was the first year for the hunt at Iron Bridge.Maya Abraham went out on her first ever Easter egg hunt at Sopris Park Saturday. She’d gotten five eggs and opened her eyes wide when she found a toy inside one of them.”This is not ideal egg hunter weather is it?” Heather Abraham asked her daughter. “But it’s still fun. Hunting for eggs is fun, no matter what the conditions are.”
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