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Arlington, Marysville host Easter egg hunts

Bayleigh Ivester showed off the Easter basket that she won during last year’s Arlington Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt. - File photo.
Bayleigh Ivester showed off the Easter basket that she won during last year’s Arlington Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt.
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While Marysville offers one Easter egg hunt on the morning of Saturday, April 19, Arlington will be hosting two Easter egg hunts that same day, during both the morning and the evening.

Area families are invited to attend the city of Marysville Parks and Recreation Department’s free annual Easter egg hunt from 10-11 a.m. on April 19 at Jennings Memorial Park, located at 6915 Armar Rd.

More than 10,000 plastic eggs, filled with candy and prizes, will be hidden in and around the Jennings Memorial Park Rotary Ranch, for children aged 8 years and younger to find. There will be a limit of eight eggs per child. This year’s event is also set to include a kids’ craft fair.

Participants are being asked to bring a canned food item to donate to the Marysville Community Food Bank. Additional parking will be available at the nearby Marysville Middle School parking lot, located at 4923 67th St. NE.

The Marysville Parks and Recreation Easter egg hunt is sponsored by Steve Fulton State Farm Insurance, the Marysville Noon Rotary Club and Grandview Village. For more information, call the Marysville Parks Office at 360-363-8400.

One hour later, the city of Arlington Recreation Department is kicking off its own annual Easter egg hunt, at 11 a.m. on April 19 in the open grass areas on the south end of the Arlington Municipal Airport. Children aged 12 years and younger are invited to gather the thousands of plastic eggs that will litter the fields. The Easter Bunny is also expected to attend this event, so families should bring their cameras for photos. If you have attended this event in the past, you might notice that the gathering area is a bit different this year, as event organizers seek to accommodate recent construction.

This event is sponsored by the Cascade Valley Hospital & Clinics, while volunteers from Cascade Valley Hospital, the Arlington United Church, Youth Dynamics, the Arlington Arts Council and the Arlington Fire Department will be found on site, helping out during the day. The egg-gathering starts promptly at 11 a.m., so make sure you arrive on time and bring a basket. Enter the Arlington Airport property from 172nd Street onto 51st Avenue, at the traffic light. Parking is available in the fields.

Arlington’s third annual Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt will cover the Haller Middle School stadium with thousands of plastic eggs on the evening of April 19, after the morning Easter egg hunts in Arlington and Marysville that same day.

The gates are set to open at 7 p.m., and at 7:30 p.m., attendees 5 years old and younger will be released onto the field for a “pre-egg hunt,” returning this year by popular demand, before the lights go out for the egg hunt for all ages at 8 p.m., come rain or shine, at a cost of $5 per person, with all the money raised going toward the American Cancer Society.

Jesica Stickles explained that the main egg hunt will be open to ages 3 to 103, “so no 104-year-olds should be sneaking in there,” and encouraged teenagers and adults alike to attend.

“This year, there are a couple changes,” Stickles said. “We’re starting an hour earlier, due to Easter Sunday being the next day, and we have access to public restrooms for all the attendees. We’ve also moved the 5-years-and-younger area to the end of the field, so they’ll have a bigger area to hunt eggs”

While hundreds of plastic Easter eggs will be filled with candy, others will contain raffle tickets for cash prizes, gift cards donated by local businesses and more.

Last year’s Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt drew an estimated 500 attendees, gave away $500 in prizes and raised $2,480 for the Arlington Relay For Life, which was about $1,000 more than the previous year.

As always, attendees should bring their own baskets and flashlights. For more information, call Stickles at 425-931-8553.

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