– For The Herald –
The only thing standing between Dayde Barker, 6, and a basket full of candy was time.
Dayde, and his two brothers Tyrian, 4, and Ranon, 4, waited just as patiently as all the other children – not patiently at all – for their chance to collect candy and toys at the 23rd annual Sumner Easter Egg Hunt, sponsored by East Pierce Firefighters Local 3520, Saturday.
Three rounds of candy collecting were separated into age groups: 1-3 year olds first, then 4-7 year olds, followed by 8-11 year olds.
“I want the candy,” Dayde exclaimed while jumping with excitement, minutes before the hunt. Before Dayde could finish his sentence, Sydney Lynch, 6, told him to settle down, though she was just as excited.
After waiting up to an hour, children flooded onto the Sunset Stadium field in Sumner and collected all the candy on the ground in a matter of minutes.
When the hunt started, Sydney rushed in front of everyone else to collect a toy she had seen in the field.
After the chaos of a field of candy-hungry children cleared up, raffle tickets were drawn.
There was a set of prizes for boys, and another for girls. Gift cards, Easter baskets, personal recliners and new bikes, donated by Fred Meyer, were raffled off.
At her first Sumner Easter Egg Hunt, Ella Davis, 6, won a new pink bike.
“I like it,” Ella said.
Although the hunt is sponsored by East Pierce Firefighter 3520, no public funds are used. The event is funded by the organizations own money and donations from citizens and service groups.