Story and photos by Randy Tisor
Thousands of Fort Carson and Colorado Springs community members braved a blast of wintery weather to attend the 2009 Eggsperience at the Special Events Center Saturday.
The yearly event was coordinated by Fort Carson’s Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, and was sponsored by approximately 35 area businesses.
The Mad Hatter and Alice, both of Wonderland fame, emceed the event while featured guest Spider-Man spoke to kids about recycling and the importance of getting exercise. McGruff the Crime Dog joined several Easter bunnies in working the crowd, and activities ranged from big air jumpers to a beehive exhibit to donkey cart rides to Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s “Zoo on the Zoom.”
According to Ann Edinger, special events coordinator for DFMWR, the yearly event was an overall success.
“We always have a good turn-out, but particularly (this year) considering the weather,” she said. “This is going great, absolutely great. We have lots of Families here. We moved the egg hunt inside, so we changed up the way we’re doing it this year. It’s great fun. It looks like everyone’s just having a blast.”
Edinger said that DFMWR had hosted a similar event for approximately the last 15 years. “It has just seemed to grow and change every year. We have a lot of people that worked hard to make this happen. It’s great that people are taking advantage of it.
“We have the ‘Zoo on the Zoom’ from Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and they have cool reptiles. We have school and child and youth services here and they’re doing all kinds of neat things and different activities. We have two Family readiness groups and they’re selling food and drinks as a fundraiser for them, so it’s working out great for all of us.”
Edinger also mentioned plans to build a 100-foot-long banana split.
Jonathan Branch, scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 88, wasn’t sure that a 100-foot banana split was a record, “But it’s the first time we’ve done it as a troop,” he said, “so we’re going to do it as fast as we can. It’ll have ice cream, bananas, chocolate and strawberry syrup, whipped cream – all the favorite fixin’s. It will take about 20 minutes to build, about 20 minutes to serve and about 20 minutes to eat.”
Approximately 20-30 other volunteers participated in the construction of the gigantic dessert.
Sgt. Maj. Henry Williams, 4th Special Troops Battalion, 4th Infantry Division, thought 2009 Eggsperience was a great way to bring the Fort Carson community together.
“It keeps the Family members from having to go off post to find something for the children to do,” Williams said. “We can all just get together in one big happy forum and share some Family time. This is actually a great showing. It’s like a mini-amusement park day for the children.”
“I was surprised (by the amount of activities),” said Staff Sgt. Thomas Ybay, 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th ID. Ybay was attending the event with his son and daughter. “This is my first time here. My daughter was here last year. She’s enjoying it more