Marysville celebrates ‘Fit-Tastic’ Egg Hunt

MARYSVILLE — Emily Ayala didn’t have to say anything — her eyes told the story.

“She’s usually a talker,” said mother Marie Ayala of the 4-year-old, who just completed the “Fit-Tastic” Egg Hunt and was now the owner of a handful of plastic eggs. “Did you enjoy yourself?”

Emily sported a big smile and gave her mom an emphatic nod.

The Marysville residents weren’t the only ones to enjoy themselves at the third annual event on Saturday, March 27, in downtown Marysville.

Hundreds of children and their parents gathered in the outer court area of the Carabinieri Bar on Third Street to take part in one of two egg hunts, as well as a number of other Easter-themed activities.

The most popular event of the afternoon was the “Fit-Tastic” hunt, which required children ages 4-12 to walk on stilts, crawl through a tunnel, creep across a balance beam, hop through a series of tires, jump over hurdles and finally kick a soccer ball through a goal.

“It’s basically an obstacle course,” said organizer Tod Corser, who is a member of the Allen Creek Community Church.

Approximately 25 volunteers from the church helped out during the three-hour event — most of whom sported fuzzy rabbit-ear hats or painted faces.

Corser spent the majority of his time handing out plastic eggs and high-fives to children that finished the course.

Volunteers Jennifer Love and her daughters Ellarie, 8, and Arawyn, 5, were among those handing out eggs at the course’s halfway point.

Children who took part in the “Fit-Tastic” hunt received eggs at three different locations throughout the course.

“It’s great because of the sunshine,” Jennifer Love said of the event. “The kids are earning their eggs by being active and are being encouraged to be successful.”

The obstacle course wasn’t the only attraction for community members.

Volunteers also set up a “Wee One” egg hunt for children ages 1-3.

Two-year-old Catherine Lane and her mother, Delaney, were among participants who scoured the grass for colorful eggs.

Catherine collected about a dozen eggs, which she promptly opened up to see what they contained.

“We came here last year and it was really great, so we came this year,” Delaney Lane said.

Corser said that volunteers had about 2,500 eggs ready to hand out to children, but said that this year’s event seemed to be more popular than previous years.

“Hopefully we don’t run out,” Corser said.

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