Tamaqua's South Ward Fire Co. holds 35th annual egg hunt
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Longtime egg hunt organizer George Waidell, holding megaphone, laughs as children rush past him to gather their hard-boiled Easter eggs.
Hundreds of anxious youth waited patiently outside the South Ward fire truck bays to gather more than 370 hard-boiled Easter eggs during the Tamaqua South Ward Fire Company's 35th annual community Easter egg hunt held on Saturday.
South Ward Fire Company chief Mark Bower stated, "Attendance was high despite being forced indoors due to rain." South Ward Fire Company life-long member George Waidell, who started organizing the annual egg hunts in 1976, pointed out that all the children get a prize, which were donated by fire company and community members. Bower and Waidell both stated their appreciation to all the volunteers and sponsors who help put this egg hunt together every year.
Bower added, "Without our dedicated members, like Waidell, we wouldn't have been able to hold this annual event free to the community for over 30 years."