First egg hunt of the season

Mauren Field meets the Easter Bunny during the Fruita Egg Scramble at the Fruita Community Center on Wednesday, March 20. Nearly 100 children had the chance to collect Easter eggs and enjoy the afternoon with family.

Every inch of the starting line was covered with determined participants, held back only by yellow police tape. As the countdown started their eyes grew with hunger, and when Angie Ballegeer reached zero through her megaphone nearly 100 children went into an egg-hunting frenzy.

The Fruita Community Center hosted its annual Fruita Egg Scramble on Wednesday to give children a chance to find eggs, meet the Easter Bunny and have some family fun.

“We’ve been doing this for over 10 years and we like to do these things for the community because it’s a way to give back to our members,” said Ballegeer, guest services supervisor for Fruita Community Center. “It provides fun for the kids at no cost and it gets everyone out to have fun.”

Although each child didn’t collect the same number of eggs there were plenty of smiles to go around, as children up to the age of six mingled and met new friends while celebrating Easter early.

When 2-year-old Mauren Field first saw the Easter Bunny she couldn’t look away. After meeting the Easter Bunny and several failed attempts of starting a conversation, Field seemed more occupied with the Easter Bunny’s unwillingness to speak instead of finding eggs.

“This is about the eggs,” said Field. “But why doesn’t the Easter Bunny talk?”

Other than Field’s serious life questions, the Fruita Egg Scramble gave families a chance to enjoy a fun, worry-free atmosphere.

“These things are great because everybody has a great time and everybody gets active and just enjoys the day,” said Heather Field, Mauren’s mother.

For a list of upcoming Fruita events, visit, or stop by the Fruita Community Center at 324 N. Coulson St.

This year’s Easter Sunday will be celebrated on March 31.


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