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After 83 years, Rifle Easter Egg hunt continues

Kids scour the fields at Deerfield Park looking for candy at last year's Easter egg hunt.
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For the 83rd year in a row, the Rifle Lions Club will be hosting a citywide Easter egg hunt at Deerfield Park at 10 a.m. on Saturday, giving toddlers to 9-year-olds a chance to win an assortment of prizes.

“We think that this is the longest continuous running event in Rifle,” said Cindi Fenney with Rifle Lions Club.

Families are invited to head to Deerfield Park as early as 9 a.m. on Saturday to be the first to register for prizes. A random drawing will be held at 9:45 a.m. awarding bikes and helmets to the six lucky winners. Kids will be separated into three different age groups: toddler to 3, 4-6, and 7-9. Each age group will have two winners.

“When it first started they would hide hard boiled eggs throughout town instead of candy,” she said. “Now we hide thousands of pieces of candy throughout Deerfield Park.”

Once the hunt starts, kids will scour the ball fields of Deerfield to find candy marked with different numbers. Each number is associated with a different business, and when the kids find the correct business with the associated number they win a prize. Prizes are different for each business.

Aside from the 26 businesses participating in the hunt, Lions Club has several sponsors to thank for helping put on the event, including Colorado River Engineering for donating the helmets, Rifle Ford for buying $600 worth of candy, Dalby, Wendland & Co. for purchasing the Easter egg baskets, and Gold Star Realty for buying the bikes.

Though it may have changed locations or what is being searched for, the Easter egg hunt has become deeply rooted into the holiday tradition in Rifle. In fact, every year Fenney overhears grandparents reminiscing with their grandkids about what the event was like for them when they were children.

While Lions Club has carried the torch, ensuring that Rifle has an egg hunt every Easter, the club’s main focus is vision. It offers financial aid for those in need of assistance with purchasing eye prescriptions, glasses and surgery and members collect unused eye glasses for re-distribution.

The club did over 600 eye screenings this past fall in the Rifle and Parachute elementary schools, preschools and Gus the Bus.