40th Easter Egg Hunt a great success

By Brandon Gustafson | Apr 04, 2018
Photo by: Brandon Gustafson The calm before the storm. Children in the 7 to 10 age group were chomping at the bit to hunt for Easter eggs.

Mukilteo celebrated one of its oldest traditions Saturday when the annual Easter Egg Hunt took place for the 40th time.

The fields at Mukilteo Elementary and Olympic View Middle School were covered with brightly colored plastic eggs just ripe for the picking.

The annual event was organized into three different age groups: children 2 years old and younger, children aged 3 to 6, and children 7 to 10.

According to Jim Mewbourn, president of the Mukilteo Firefighters Union, the eggs were snatched up essentially in the blink of an eye.

“The 4,000 eggs were picked clean in under two minutes,” Mewbourn said.

Some lucky attendees found eggs with prize claim tickets, and got to leave the egg hunt not only with loads of candy, but with a brand new toy as well.

The egg hunt is hosted each year by the Mukilteo Firefighters Union with funds raised from their annual pancake breakfast in October as well as from a community grant from the city of Mukilteo.

Mewbourn estimates there were around 400 people at the event.

Hunting eggs wasn’t the only thing to do at the event, as the Easter Bunny made a surprise appearance for photos along with Sparky the Fire Dog.

The Mukilteo Fire Department also brought a fire truck for kids to check out and take pictures with.

In addition to hosting the event, firefighters also accepted money and food donations for the Mukilteo Food Bank.

“We weren't there for the weighing of the food, but it covered the back half of the truck used to collect it, and we collected over $100,” Mewbourn said.

According to the Mukilteo Firefighters IAFF Local #3482 Facebook page, the supply at the Mukilteo Food Bank is low, so if you can help out, donate to the food bank at 4514 84th St. SW.

 

And they’re off! Children in the 7 to 10 age group sprinting to whatever eggs they can find. The 4,000 eggs lasted just two minutes. (Photo by: Brandon Gustafson)
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