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Easter egg hunts pack Arlington fields | SLIDESHOW
ARLINGTON — An estimated 8,000 plastic eggs were snatched up within minutes by the crowds surrounding each of the age-designated fields for Easter egg hunting outside of the Stillaguamish Athletic Club on the morning of Saturday, April 7.
Sarah Lopez, recreation manager for the city of Arlington, hasn’t seen any decline in attendance for the annual event, which is sponsored by the city of Arlington and the Cascade Valley Hospital and Clinics, with help from the Arlington United Church and Youth Dynamics.
For many attendees, such as 8-year-old Makaylynn Corbin of Arlington, this year marked one of their first official Easter egg hunts.
“The only other one I’d done before was at a friend’s house, where they hid Easter eggs all around the house, even in the refrigerator and freezer,” said Corbin, who was able to grab just three eggs from the Arlington Airport field before they were all gone. “I had fun here, but it went quick.”
Corbin’s mom, Emily Gilbert, echoed a number of other parents, who both praised the event’s entertainment value for children and advised other families to show up early next year. Even Keith and Tammy Sundheim, who have been bringing their 5-year-old daughter Cinnamon from their home just down the road since she was two, admitted that they’d try to get a better parking spot by arriving earlier next year.
While Cinnamon Sundheim was most excited by the prospect of having her photo taken with the Easter bunny, April Boardway’s 5-year-old son Andrew and 3-year-old daughter Kiera were most eager to break open their Easter eggs for the candy inside.
“The weather couldn’t have been any better for it,” Boardway said of the warm, sunny day. “This field has a perfect layout for Easter egg hunting, too.”
“I liked that the roped-off areas offered some level of control,” agreed Marysville mom Lisa Nelson, who brought two children while their older brothers played baseball. “It was also neat that the older kids could go hunting in the trees, rather than just the open grass.”