The fifth annual Edmonds Daybreakers Rotary Egg Hunt got underway promptly at 10 a.m. Saturday morning, with an estimated 400 kids, parents and onlookers in attendance.
A tradition stretching back decades, sponsorship of the event was taken over by the Daybreakers in 2015 from the City of Edmonds and its several partner organizations. Held in City Park for years, the Egg Hunt moved to its present location at the Frances Anderson Field in 2013.
According to event organizer Nancy McDonald, there were 5,000 candy-filled plastic eggs and an additional 4,000 pieces of loose candy scattered on the field for the three flights of egg-hunters — ranging in age from 3-10. Some of the eggs contained a lucky ticket that the finder could exchange at the prize table for a large chocolate bunny.
“I had several volunteers, but it was still quite a chore filling those plastic eggs,” quipped McDonald.
This year two Easter bunnies were roaming the field to say hello, give out hugs and high-fives, and take pictures with kids, young and old. South County Fire parked a fire truck at the east end of the field, and gave the signal to start each flight with a blast on the siren.
This year’s event was supported by Jamie and Sarah Reece of the Reece Homes Team with additional help from the South County Fire, the Edmonds-Woodway High School Key Club, Washington Kids in Transition and the Daybreakers Rotary Club of Edmonds.
— Story and photos by Larry Vogel