Hundreds of local egg-splorers braved chilly temperatures as they made their way to downtown Golden for the annual Kiwanis Club Easter egg hunt.
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The traditional springtime ritual was held at 10 a.m. April 16 in Parfet Park, and marked the event’s return after a two-year pandemic hiatus.
Armed with baskets, grocery sacks and even plastic jack-o’-lanterns, eager youngsters scurried over rocks and around shrubs, clearing the park of more than 6,000 brightly colored candy-filled eggs in just minutes.
While more recent egg hunts use plastic eggs which can be returned and recycled each year, Wood says he remembers when boiled eggs were used.
“We used to boil ‘em, color ‘em and do all of that primitive stuff,” he said. “And now health people, well you know.”
Hosting this traditional egg-stravaganza is no easy feat.
Wood said the Kiwanis had help from the Golden Chamber of Commerce, Troop 130 of the Boy Scouts of America chartered at Golden United Methodist Church, and the Golden High School Key Club.
“You know you see people coming across the street after 10 a.m., some kids are late,” Wood said. “We always have a reserve of eggs that we can give them.”
Easter egg hunts date back to the 17th century. It is said that Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld would host egg hunts for her daughter Victoria, the future Queen of England, which may have helped popularize the German tradition.
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