Englewood kids scramble for eggs

Annual Easter event moved to gym due to weather

Posted 3/28/16

The location was different, but the scene was about the same as children awaited the starting signal for Englewood's March 26 Great Egg Scramble.

In years past, children pressed eagerly against the tape waiting for the starting signal for the …

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Englewood kids scramble for eggs

Annual Easter event moved to gym due to weather

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The location was different, but the scene was about the same as children awaited the starting signal for Englewood's March 26 Great Egg Scramble.

In years past, children pressed eagerly against the tape waiting for the starting signal for the event at Miller Field. This year, snow first forced postponement and then required the event be moved into the gymnasium at the Englewood Recreation Center.

It was Englewood's first indoor egg scramble. To get things ready for the scramblers, the floor of the gymnasium that usually is occupied by basketball and volleyball competition became egg hunt territory covered with plastic eggs, candy and toys.

At the outdoor egg scrambles, separate areas were marked off for each of the four age groups in order to make sure every child had an opportunity to collect goodies. The same thing was done for the indoor scramble.

To better accommodate the children at the limited space in the gymnasium, there were two separate sessions. The early session was for 1- through 4-year-olds, and the second session was for 5- through 8-year-olds. However, in keeping with tradition, there were two separate areas clearly marked for each session, one for each of the age groups taking part in that session.

Between sessions, volunteer restocked the area with goodies. Organizers said the volunteers put out about 2,000 plastic eggs per session plus a lot of candy and toys.

The crowd was smaller than at the outside events, but in the gymnasium the children eagerly pressed against the tape, awaiting the sound to start the egg scramble. When that signal was given, the scramble was on and the goodies were quickly swept up. It took less than five minutes for the gym floor to be emptied of the eggs, candy and toys.

Makenna Hannah, 3, was in the first scramble. Her mother said it was the girl's first egg scramble and she had a good time, and her parents had a good time watching her.

About 200 families attended the event including Ellen Hoskins and her two granddaughters. As she watched the 6-year-old and the 8-year-old check out the goodies they had collected, she said she was visiting her daughter for Easter, saw the notice about the event and volunteered to bring the girls.

“The girls were disappointed because they thought the egg hunt wouldn't be held,” the Kansas resident said. “They are all smiles today. I think it is great the city does this for its people. I wish our town in Kansas would do something like this.”

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