The annual Edmonds hunt for Easter eggs is on, this year set for 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, April 19 at the Frances Anderson Center Playfield.
While the logistics will remain the same — three rounds of egg hunting for different age categories. prizes and a visit by the Easter Bunny — there is a new sponsor for this year’s hunt: the Rotary Club of Edmonds Daybreakers, which has taken over the 25-year-old event from the City of Edmonds.
According to Edmonds Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Director Carrie Hite, the Rotary Club had been assisting the city with the egg hunt all along, so it seemed “a natural fit” for the Daybreakers to operate the event. “With the recent budget cuts, we are looking at all of our events to figure out what makes the best sense in going forward,” Hite said. “This particular event is service-oriented, attracts people from all over the area (not just Edmonds), takes a lot of staff time and energy, and doesn’t necessarily fit with our mission.”
Here is the schedule for the day, including the “three waves” of egg hunting, as listed on the Edmonds Daybreakers Rotary website:
10 a.m. – Welcome & Opening Remarks
10:10-10:20 a.m. – 3 & 4 year olds
10:30-10:40 a.m. – 5, 6 & 7 year olds
10:50-11 a.m. – 8, 9 & 10 year olds
As in past years, the Easter Bunny will be available for pictures, and firefighters from Snohomish Fire District 1 will available to give tours of emergency vehicles parked at the event.
Bring a basket to collect eggs and candy and your camera to capture photos. In addition, families are asked to bring nonperishable food or cash donations to benefit the Edmonds Food Bank at a time of year when donations are traditionally low.
Sponsors for this year’s event are Sound Women’s Care, Snohomish County Fire District No. 1 and Rotary Club of Edmonds.