Kids scramble for goodies

Annual Englewood event draws a big crowd

The starting horn sounded and children rush to scoop up goodies at the April 12 Englewood Egg Scramble. There were a lot of kids and the area was picked clean in a matter of minutes. Photo by Tom Munds
The tall white bunny with the basket of candy was popular with children at the Englewood Great Egg Scramble. The bunny handed out hugs and candy at the April12 event. Photo by Tom Munds
Pedro Iniguez helps his young son Eprain pick up a piece of candy. The Iniguez family joined hundreds who attended Englewood's April 12 Great Egg Scramble. Photo by Tom Munds
Tanya Ohlinger, right, points out the items in the fire truck to her twins Hayleigh, front, and Harley. The fire truck was on display during Englewood's April 12 Great Egg Scramble. Photo by Tom Munds
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The April 12 event lived up to its name as, when the starting signal sounded, kids scrambled to scoop up toys, candy and other items at the Englewood Egg Scramble.

Miller Field underwent transformation for the event as the outfields of the ball diamonds became the hunting grounds for goodies.

A small army of volunteers spread the ground with a variety of items, including candy, toys and plastic eggs.

The event is open to toddlers to 8-year-olds. Since organizers want to have all children scoop up some goodies, the hunt area were divided into four separate hunting grounds with areas designated for 1- and 2-year-olds, for 3- and 4-year-olds, for 5- and 6-year-olds and for 7- and 8-year-olds.

In case a child didn't get any treats, a big white rabbit moved through the areas handing out candy.

As the starting time of 10 a.m. neared, parents and children gathered along the tape marking off the hunting areas. People greeted neighbors and many parents chatted with other parents they had just met.

Shirley Litchfield held the hand of her 3-year-old as the boy strained to get to the goodies on the grass.

“This is such a nice event. Everyone is so friendly. That makes it fun for me as well as for my son,” the Centennial resident said. “I brought Tim last year and, he had such a good time, we came back this year.”

The starting signal sounded and kids raced to pick up goodies. One 4-year-old apparently spotted a ball he wanted so he rushed past candy and other items to get it. Nearby, a girl moved from place to place, scooping up plastic eggs and candy.

It took volunteers hours to set out the items and, in less than 10 minutes, the ground in each hunt area was picked clean.

Another treat waited outside the field fence as parents and children got the opportunity to get a close-up look at an Englewood fire truck and one of the fire department's paramedic vans.

“I read about the event online and decided to bring my four grandchildren. I didn't know what to expect but it was well organized and it seems the kids have a good time,” Littleton resident Henry Porterfield said as he guided the family toward his parked car. “All the kids seem to have collected more candy than is good for them so I suppose Grandpa will have to eat part of it to help keep them healthy.”

Parents are not allowed to help the older children but can give a hand to the toddlers and very young children, assisting them as the kids collect the goodies.