Tami organizes seventh – final – hunt

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After seven years, Tami Holdahl is ready to give up the hunt.

“Back then, I decided hat me, myself and I were going to do it,” she said. “I’ve had help from friends along the way and from the staff at AmericanWest Bank, but after seven years, I am worn out.”

Tami Holdahl has organized the Easter egg hunt in St. Maries for the last seven years and is ready for someone else to take it on.

Tami Holdahl has organized the Easter egg hunt in St. Maries for the last seven years and is ready for someone else to take it on.

Mrs. Holdahl began organizing the hunt when she saw that no one else was going to. The hunt was held in the city park for three years, then moved to Vic Camm for a year before it found a regular venue adjacent to the fairgrounds.

The hunt has grown from a 5,000 venture to more than 12,000 eggs with more than 300 children participating each year.

It took the children four minutes and 30 seconds to collect more than 12,000 eggs last year.  

Mrs. Holdahl began collecting candy for the hunt the day after Easter when it typically goes on sale. She continued to collect candy after each holiday throughout the year. About a month before the big day, all the candy and eggs are taken to AmericanWest Bank. Employees there stuff eggs in-between customers during the day. Two friends, Claudia Spooner and Cindy Petrie help with the hunt on the big day.

AmericanWest Bank employees help stuff eggs for the St. Maries Easter Egg Hunt each year. They include Tracy Fraser, Karen Gibson, Treasure Ueland, organizer Tami Holdahl, Katrina Mills and Shauna Charles.

AmericanWest Bank employees help stuff eggs for the St. Maries Easter Egg Hunt each year. They include Tracy Fraser, Karen Gibson, Treasure Ueland, organizer Tami Holdahl, Katrina Mills and Shauna Charles.

“Though the largest portion of the work is done the month prior to Easter, it takes a lot of planning, effort and thought to get prepared,” Mrs. Holdahl said. “It takes a full month to get the eggs ready, and I can’t describe how much I appreciate what they do.”

Now Mrs. Holdahl said she hopes somebody will step in to continue in her place.

Egg hunts are scheduled Saturday in five area towns, including St. Maries, Plummer, Harrison, Fernwood and Worley.

The St. Maries hunt will begin at 11 a.m. at the Mullan Trail Park adjacent to the Benewah County Fairgrounds. The hunt is open to children from birth to 11 years old.

The Plummer hunt, organized by the Lakeside high School chapter of the National Honor Society and the American Legion Auxiliary, begins at 10 a.m. at the high school football field.

The Harrison event, sponsored by the Garden Club, Worthwhile Club at PTO, is at 1 p.m. at Harrison Elementary School Children who are just starting to walk through sixth grade may participate.

The Fernwood hunt, sponsored by the UpRiver PTOm begins at 10 a.m. at the elementary school.

And Worley’s event is sponsored by the Worley Fire Department and will begin at 1 p.m. at the city park. Children ages 2 to 10 years may participate.

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