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A warm day for egg hunting
ARLINGTON Chasing eggs is a great Easter tradition in this area, with several annual Easter egg hunts drawing hundreds of children in the Arlington area. The city of Arlington organized two egg hunts Saturday, one in Terrace Park in historic old town at 11 a.m. and another one at Weston High School, west of the Arlington Airport, at 3 p.m.
The Oso Fire District No. 25 Auxiliary tucked away 800 eggs in the field behind the rural fire hall and about 100 kids from age 1 to 10 went chasing through the field and bushes searching for the gold and silver eggs to get a big basket of goodies along with the candies inside the colored plastic eggs.
This is a very popular event, said Oso Fire Chief Sandy Baker. The fire hall is the social center of the area called Oso, 12 miles east of Arlington on SR 530, thanks to the fire district and its auxiliary working together to present community events. Along with the egg hunt, the auxiliary plans a garage sale in the summer and a Christmas dinner with auction to raise money to help the fire district purchase equipment.
It takes us the whole year to raise the $1,000 that we give at the end of each year, said auxiliary president Bobbi Aylesworth. Proceeds from the egg hunt were from the expansive bake sale which offered homemade goodies such as pumpkin rolls by the prize-winning pumpkin pie baker Beth Countryman and famous popcorn balls by Betty Tungate. The hot dog and roast beef sandwich lunches also supplement the fund.
In Arlington, reports from the neighborhood say the Terrace Park hunt was packed with cars parked up and down Fifth Street.
City Councilman Scott Solla confirmed the rumors were true.
My wife Vickie and I signed up to help at the afternoon hunt, but since we were in town for breakfast, we decided to stop by Terrace Park and see how things were going, Solla said.
Its a good thing we did, because they needed bodies.
Solla said that he helped set up stakes for coordinator Sarah Hegge.
He wanted to help out on the project, not because he is on the City Council, but because he and Vickie have applied to be members of Support 46, an auxiliary
of the fire department that helps families facing crisis.
The Arlington Fire Department provides the manpower for the Easter egg hunts, as they do for the Santa Truck in December. The Downtown Arlington Merchants and the Arlington-Smokey Point Chamber of Commerce provided financial assistance.
I was overwhelmed by the number of people, Solla said. Estimates had about 500 kids at Terrace Park and more than that at Weston.
The weather was perfect warm and not raining, Solla said.
Solla was distributing refreshments which was a lot easier in the afternoon than in the morning because they served lemonade instead of coffee and hot chocolate.
We used the generator on a fire truck to make coffee and hot chocolate and it was way too noisy, Solla said.
While they had plenty of eggs for the hunt, they did run out of cookies, he said.
The Easter Bunny was a big hit, too, with kids getting their pictures taken with him.
I just want to state how proud I am of the fire department and Support 46, and the police, too, for all that they do. I got a chance to meet the Support 46 chaplains and the firefighters and their families. They always go above and beyond the call of duty.
The police rallied to the cause as well, Solla said they directed traffic at the entrance to Weston High School on an already busy 172nd Street.