It's a big week for green-grass-driven springtime competition: the Masters, Major League Baseball's Opening Day, and of course Easter Egg Hunting 2012 in Sheridan County.
If you aren't one for crowds and competitive kids driven by their parents reliving their glory days on the field, no one's stopping you from stashing a bunch of eggs in the your back yard. Those were always my favorite because I would always win that one at my house. Because I'm the oldest, and bigger and stronger than than all four of my siblings.
But if it's big league egg hunting you're looking for, Sheridan County will offer a total of five adventures (featuring kids in less of a hunt and more of a sprint) with one on Friday afternoon and three on Saturday morning.
First up is the lone egg hunting event on Friday, at the Westview Easter Egg Hunt, beginning at 2:30 pm at Westview Healthcare Center on 1990 W. Loucks Street. There will be prizes for each age group, ages 1 to 9 years old.
Saturday is when the marathon hunting begins, beginning with the Sheridan Recreation District's hunt. Try to be on-time because the frenzy doesn't last long, just from 9:30 until about 10. Rec Specialist Nick Dore plans to stay up all Friday night hiding eggs poorly and obviously out in the middle of Dan Madia Field on 11th Street.
For those interested in venturing outside the big city for a hunt, Dore's rival, the The Tongue River Valley Community Center, is hosting their own event Saturday morning. You have to pick one because they're both at 9:30. Erin Kilbride sells us Dayton's egg party: It's big, with possible cash prizes.
The remaining two will be held in Sheridan, both at 10 am. Sheridan Manor Easter Egg Hunt goes from 10 to 10:30 for ages 0 to 10.
Finally, the Vertical Church (417 N. Jefferson Street) will offer a marathon hunt of sorts, lasting from 10 am to 2 pm. The event will separate egg-grabs by age groups: ages 0-2 at 10:30 am, ages 3-5 at 11, ages 6-8 at 11:30, ages 9-12 at noon. There will be face painting and inflatables, that's all at Kendrick Park this Saturday.
Being that it's Master's weekend, I'm sure the lawns will be running pretty fast, but there was no word on which hunt will prove most difficult. For each of the events be sure to bring your own basket, and parents, be cool, let the little ones do the hunting as to not ruin all the fun. Extended forecast? Partly cloudy skies, highs around 55, slight chance of rain showers.
For more information on each event, check out the community calender through the news dropdown menu above.