MILL CREEK, Washington, April 22, 2022 – About 3,000 attendees lined the lawn at the center of Heatherwood Middle School on Saturday, April 16, in search of Easter eggs for the city’s 19th annual Eggstravaganza event – one of the biggest events of the year in the city.
“It was a success! We were thrilled to have such a fantastic turnout, but, of course, the great weather didn’t hurt – we’re grateful to the Everett School District for allowing us to use the Heatherwood Middle School track year-round. after year,” Jody Hawkins, Communications and Marketing for the Town of Mill Creek, told the Lynnwood Times.
About 18,000 candy-filled plastic eggs, donated by Town and Country Markets, and hundreds of prizes were hidden in the track area of Heatherwood Middle School by volunteers from the Mill Creek Youth Advisory Board. The eggs were filled in three separate prank events by the board of directors as well as Kiwanis Key Club members.
In addition to the egg hunt, kids could have their favorite balloon animals twisted by Tiny Art Face Painting and their photo taken with the Easter Bunny, Mill Creek’s PW 14 Truck or a motorcycle provided by the Police Department of Mill Creek.
Mill Creek’s first Eggstravaganza event began in 2003 and has been held at Heatherwood Middle School since at least 2005. The cost has varied over the years depending on sponsors.
This year’s sponsors were Venture Church, Town and Country Markets, Waste Management (WM) and Starbucks.
The event cost the town less than $4,000, in vendors and supplies, and was organized by Venture Church’s communications and marketing department. City staff, the Mill Creek Police Department Citizen Patrol, and more than 65 volunteers from Venture Church and the Mill Creek Youth Advisory Council participated in the event.
In addition to fun for the whole family, the Mill Creek Community Food Bank raised more than 1,187 pounds of food at this year’s event, according to Jennifer Boyington, director of the Hope Creek Charitable Foundation – enough to feed nine families. this week.
“We donate around £120 per average family per week, and currently serve around 600 families each week,” Boyington said.
To learn more about upcoming Mill Creek events, visit https://www.millcreektourism.com/events/city_events.
Editor’s Note: Photos courtesy of Venture Church and the Town of Mill Creek.