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Treasure hunt Easter eggs both returned
Traci Helton with children Jaxon Stanley and Payton Helton, found the other egg near Aspen Park Elementary School. Photo by Wayne Nicholls

Treasure hunt Easter eggs both returned

Apr 19, 2012 - Staff

The Ranger's Easter Egg Treasure Hunt took awhile to complete, but the end itself was swift. Both eggs were turned in Thursday.

The first to find one of two oversized wooden eggs was Traci Helton, of Riverton, who found the prize at about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday near the dead-end street barrier alongside Aspen Park Elementary School in east Riverton.

And Ben Finch, of Riverton, found the other egg at about 7:30 a.m. Thursday a few feet off the bike path between College View Drive and the Central Wyoming College Pro-Tech Center.

Both eggs brought the finders a $200 cash prize from The Ranger and two Colorado Rockies baseball tickets for any game this year at Coors Field in Denver. The Ranger owns season tickets for the 2012 season.

"We went there on a hunch," Helton said of the Aspen Park find. "We'd been looking in other places, but before we went home I said, 'Let's take a look.'"

Accompanying Helton on the hunt were her children Jaxon Stanley, 7, and Payton Helton, 4.

"I thought my mommy found a snake, she screamed so loud," Payton said in describing the "eureka" moment Wednesday.

Traci Helton said she was on the trail of the other egg as well and had deduced the approximate location near College View Drive before finding the other eggs.

"We looked at the water tank (farther west), but that was too far," Jaxon said.

For Finch, finding the prized egg was particularly meaningful Thursday.

"Today is my birthday," said the 25-year-old aid from Riverton Middle School.

He said he rose early Thursday and checked Wednesday's published clue before deciding on a search plan.

"Once I thought about that clue (which, unscrambled, spelled "path"), I went right to it," he said.

Finch does Christian aid work overseas each year and said he plans to use the $200 to help with expenses during a mission to India in July.

Both finders used eight clues to locate the eggs. Two more clues were scheduled if necessary.

The Ranger's next treasure hunt is the 2012 Balloon Block search, set for July to coincide with Riverton Rendezvous. The prize is $200 and a hot-air balloon ride during the Rendezvous balloon rally.

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