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M'ville holds Easter Egg Hunt


Christopher Andersson

Emily Reynolds, right, paints a picture of a baby chick with the help of Kate Kilroy, director of family ministries at Marysville United Methodist, during the city of Marysville's annual Easter Egg Hunt at Jennings Park on March 31.

Local children came out to fill their Easter baskets as part of the City of Marysville's annual Easter Egg Hunt at Jennings Park on March 31.

The event brings many local organizations, volunteers and families out to the park in the morning for Easter fun.

"It's just a great event to bring community members into the park," said Andrea Kingsford, recreation coordinator for the City of Marysville's Parks, Culture and Recreation Department.

Locals get a chance to say 'hello' to their friends while the city "provides a great family friendly activity," said Kingsford.

"This is our first time," said local parent Harold Reynolds, "it's good."

"We came down for the kids so they could have fun," said local parent Randy Dhadda.

Volunteers help put out more than 12,000 eggs around the various closed-off areas of the park which are divided into a number of different age groups.

Each child can pick up a maximum of eight eggs. The eggs are filled with either candy or with a ticket for a prize which can be redeemed at the event.

"The kids love coming into the park and love finding the eggs," said Kingsford. "They love taking part in all of the activities."

Various community groups provide a variety of activities for kids to participate in either before or after their egg hunt.

"Over the years we've added in more organizations and booths for families to visit while they're here so they can learn about organizations such as Marysville ECEAP, Marysville School District, Tulalip Lions club and the Boy Scouts," said Kingsford.

"It's a chance for them to learn about youth-serving organizations," and other community organizations as well, said Kingsford.

This year's event went well, she said.

Christopher Andersson

Simren Dhadda, foreground, reaches up to grab an Easter egg at the city of Marysville's annual Easter Egg Hunt at Jennings Park on March 31.

"This is wonderful, we're so glad that's it's not raining out today," she said. "We're so fortunate to have the weather we have."

The event has been a part of the city's annual offerings for many years.

"This is a long-standing event with the city of Marysville," said Kingsford.

"Over the years we've really become a tradition for Marysville families," she said.

The Easter Egg Hunt is supported by many organizations and locals.

"I'd like to say thank you to all the families that have made this a tradition every year, and to all of the sponsors that help make this a possibility," added Kingsford.

Sponsors this year include the Marysville Rotary Club, Steve Fulton State Farm Insurance and ABC Learning Center.

"It does take a lot of volunteers to put this together, as well, and it's amazing the support we get," said Kingsford.


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