Easter ladies

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With the celebration of Easter comes a whole host of traditions. Sunrise services, hot cross buns and plenty of chocolate are all part of the holiday for the wide variety of folks who celebrate. Of course, there’s one tradition that brings out the competitive nature of kids and parents alike: Easter egg hunting.

There are plenty of egg hunts up and down the valley, but Carbondale takes things a step further by offering a traditional hunt as well as the fourth annual Where My Peeps At? Scavenger Hunt.

“I try to do the race a little different every year,” said Margaret Donnelly, the health and wellness coordinator for the Carbondale Recreation and Community Center. Donnelly has been running the event since it started and added that changes this year should make it more fun than ever.

While the town’s Easter egg hunt, which starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, is aimed at children 2-8 years of age, the scavenger hunt is meant for older kids and their families. The event is split into two races: a shorter, one-hour one downtown and a two-hour one that extends farther from the town center. Teams can be made up of 2-6 people and will be using partial pictures of Pauli the Peep to hunt for stenciled chalk drawings of peeps around Carbondale.

The first year of the event featured actual peeps being sought, but thefts forced their replacement. The inaugural event was also more of a 6K run and was based around the parks, but Donnelly said that they’ve tried to include businesses more in the event as it has grown. Some businesses will even harbor actual peeps, although many are closed in honor of the holiday.

There are first, second and third place prizes for both hunts, featuring watering cans and other useful, springtime gifts. Businesses have also donated over $1,400 in giveaways, which will be raffled away to everyone who enters the event. Plus, there is a costume contest, and Donnelly said that they have seen some very exciting spring-themed costumes, many featuring Easter eggs and Easter baskets.

“We have a great time,” said Donnelly. “We like the event because we get everybody out. I love the participation of local businesses.”

Registration ends at 3 p.m. Friday and is $30 dollars per team. Check-in starts at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Sopris Park, and the races begin at 9 a.m. sharp. If you miss out on registration but still want to join the fun, Donnelly said that the event is a blast to watch, especially while enjoying a sit-down at Bonfire.

So, hot-glue some Easter eggs to your hat and head on down to Carbondale this weekend for some friendly Easter competition.

Other Easter events:

  • Aspen Chapel is hosting its annual Easter Service on Aspen Mountain Sunday morning from 8:30-9:30 a.m. The service will be led by Nicholas Vesey and is open to all faiths. The service is free, and the gondola is open to anyone with a ski pass. The Ski Co. is also offering discounted foot passes, $21 for adults, $11 for children, teens and seniors and free for 6 and under.
  • Aspen Recreation Center is hosting its annual spring celebration from 12-3 p.m. on Saturday. There will be Easter egg hunts, pictures with the Easter Bunny, a “Name the Bunny” contest and arts and crafts.
  • Earth Day Celebration and All Natural Easter Egg Hunt at the Farmpark at Cozy Point Ranch – 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday
  • Aspen Chapel Easter Egg Hunt – 11 a.m. Sunday
  • Aspen Chapel Easter Service – 11 a.m. Sunday
  • Christ Episcopal Church Easter Egg Hunt – 11:15 a.m. Sunday
  • Christ Episcopal Church Holy Eucharist Rite I & II – 8 a.m. and 10 a.m.

Chapman is the web editor for Aspen Daily News. He can be reached at chapman@aspendailynews.com or on Twitter @Nescwick.