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Fun and fitness in soggy Marysville


April 20, 2011

8-year-old Colin Matthewson gets set to toss a ball through a tire at Fit-Tastic.

Decked out in galoshes, rain jackets and sunny smiles, hundreds of local kids and their families braved the wet weather on Saturday, April 16, to take part in the Fit-Tastic Egg Hunt in downtown Marysville.

The fourth annual event, held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot of the Carabinieri Bar espresso stand, was co-sponsored by the Marysville Downtown Merchants Association and the Allen Creek Community Church. Volunteers from the church and local businesses supervised the activities that included a kid-friendly obstacle course, face-painting, an Easter story tent, egg hunts for all ages, and free entertainment.

"The rain's not going to stop us," said Jennifer Matthewson as her son Colin tried his skill at the football toss. "It's actually kind of good, because it's less crowded this year."

The retail stores along Third Street and Fourth Street offered special Bunny Hop prizes and discounts all day, and the Drumming Bunnies made appearances on the outdoor plaza stage.

This youngster needed a little help from Mom to get the ball through the target.

The Marysville Family YMCA's Healthy Kids Day, held the same day, featured a schedule of indoor and outdoor activities for local families designed to encourage a more active lifestyle.

For the coming Easter weekend, egg hunts are planned in both Marysville and Arlington. In Marysville, the free event is at Jennings Memorial Park, 6915 Armar Rd., from 10 to 11 a.m. The Parks department has arranged for additional parking at Marysville Middle School, 4923-67th St. NE. Participants are asked to donate a canned food item for the Marysville Food Bank.

The City of Arlington and Cascade Valley Hospital are sponsoring a free Easter egg hunt beginning at 11 a.m. April 23 for ages 1 to 12 in the field next to Weston High School, 4417-172nd St. NE.


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