The Easter egg hunt is on |

The Easter egg hunt is on

Shauna Farnell
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AVON – Eggs may symbolize rebirth and the arrival of spring, but to hundreds of children in the Vail Valley, they simply represent sugary surprises. “It’s basically a mad dash,” said Avon Recreation director Danita Chirichillo of the Town of Avon’s Egg Hunt, which kicks off at 10 a.m. Saturday at Nottingham Park in Avon. Chirchillo’s children have participated in the hunt, which drew more than 2,000 children last year.

“They ran out there like crazy kids to the middle of the field. They put eggs in their shirts, they stuffed their pockets with them. They take baskets, but those tip over sometimes as they’re picking up eggs,” Chirichillo said. “It’s just the thrill of the surprise.”The Avon Bunny will make an appearance on Saturday, and children will also have opportunities to make magnets, have their hands or faces painted and jeweled and pot a spring flower at a gardening station.The festivities also include bouncy castles and a petting zoo.The egg hunts will be conducted in heats separated by age groups and will begin at 10:30 a.m. Town of Avon staff and volunteers will throw out plastic eggs before each group of children who are then allowed to burst out of the corrals and grab as many as they can get.

“When we open the gate, the flood begins,” Chirichillo said. “It’s just the thrill of a surprise. To every kid, inside that egg is something really special.”Festivities run from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday.Staff Writer Shauna Farnell can be reached at 949-0555, ext.14632, or

Vail, Colorado

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