Arlington hosts Easter Egg Hunt
Hundreds of kids came out to dash for eggs during the Arlington's annual Easter Egg Hunt on April 15 at the Arlington Airport Field.
The event had one of its largest turnouts last year with more than 1,000 kids coming to the field.
This year appeared to have a similarly large turnout according to Jennifer Egger, a board member at the Cascade Valley Health Foundation (formerly Cascade Valley Hospital Foundation) which is one of the main supporters and organizers of the event.
The event divides the field into sections for several age groups and releases the kids at the same time to race for Easter eggs.
"I love the little kids' field. The brand new ones who are just figuring out that this is fun," said Egger.
Arlington police and fire department vehicles, as well as police officers and firefighters, were out at the field to greet and interact with kids.
The Easter Bunny sat with kids to take pictures at the event as well.
Arlington's Easter Egg Hunt is an annual event for many families.
"It's just a tradition. We've been doing this for more years than I can count," said Egger. "It's Arlington. We love our hometown events. Sarah Lopez [Arlington's recreation and communication manager] does a fabulous job of organizing this one," she said.
It also attracts many local families who are looking for a community event.
Local Jeremy Fisher said he wanted to come to family-oriented Easter event. He enjoyed "just seeing people from the community all together," he said.
Parent Sarah Williams said she had heard about the event and wanted to see it this year. "It's fun, it's very open," she said.
Tiffany Goetller, a local parent, liked that she could actually see her child in this hunt.
"We went to a grocery store event this morning and it was chaos, and they didn't get anything. This is the first time she has come to an Easter egg hunt besides a family one, so it's nice that she actually got to get something here," she said.
Eggs contained candy mostly, but some also contained prizes from local organizations like the Arlington Arts Council or Boston's Restaurant.
"They were super generous and donated 100 eggs that have tickets for free kids meal inside of them," said Egger.
In addition to being sponsored by the city of Arlington and the Cascade Valley Health Foundation, the event was also supported with refreshments from Arlington United Church and help from Youth Dynamics.
Egger said it is good when local organizations can work together.
"We have great partnerships with the foundation, the city, fire and police and any time we can all get together and do these community events, we love it," she said.