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Chuck Bracken, left, and Eric Smartt, both of Riverton, found this year’s Ranger Easter eggs. Each man won a $200 prize and two major league baseball tickets. Photo by Wayne Nicholls
Hidden eggs found Thursday; finders receive cash, tickets
Apr 12, 2013 - Staff
Riverton residents Eric Smartt and Chuck Bracken had looked for hidden objects in Ranger-sponsored treasure hunts before, but Smartt said this year was the ...
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Riverton residents Eric Smartt and Chuck Bracken had looked for hidden objects in Ranger-sponsored treasure hunts before, but Smartt said this year was the "first success story."
Smart found the wooden Easter egg designated No. 1 Thursday near the entrance to the motocross race track on Paradise Valley Road west of Riverton.
Also Thursday, Bracken found egg No. 2 near a fire hydrant on the newly lengthened portion of North Broadway Avenue in Riverton.
Each man receives $200 in cash from the Ranger, along with two tickets to a Colorado Rockies baseball game this season at Coors Field in Denver.
Eight of a scheduled 10 clues guiding searchers to the hiding places of the two eggs had been published in the newspaper by the time Smartt and Bracken returned the eggs to the Ranger office, but each man said he found his egg prior to seeing Thursday's eighth clue.
Bracken speculated that he had ventured near the hiding place of the egg he found earlier in the week, but did not notice it.
"I think I rode my bike right by it," Bracken said.
The heavy snowstorm Monday and Tuesday might have altered the hiding place of the egg on North Broadway slightly, due to snowplowing, but the egg was very close to its original hiding place.
Smartt said he was drawn to the Paradise Valley Road site because he knew the egg wouldn't be hidden on private property.
"That made me think of the race track, "he said.
The egg hunt is one of four annual treasure hunts sponsored by The Ranger. Next up is the annual balloon block search, staged in conjunction with Riverton Rendezvous events. That contest is scheduled for mid-July.