Jet skiers buzz Lake Sammamish in annual egg hunt

April 9, 2013

By Peter Clark

Jet skiers from as far away as Spokane celebrated Easter with an annual aquatic egg hunt.

About 50 riders arrived on the shore of Lake Sammamish on March 31 to take part in the event put on every year by The NorthWest Freeriders. While the weather is usually more of a hurdle than a blessing, riders waded out into the water during a bright, warm day.

Photos by Dayton Fedak Above, Jessie Wilcox (second from left) celebrates winning the hunt by collecting seven eggs in the short time it took for the 50 riders to collect the total 100. Alaina Fiske, Patricia Fiske and Scott Wilcox (from left) joined her. Below, riders wait on the waves of Lake Sammamish for the signal to start.

Photos by Dayton Fedak
Jessie Wilcox (second from left) celebrates winning the hunt by collecting seven eggs in the short time it took for the 50 riders to collect the total 100. Alaina Fiske, Patricia Fiske and Scott Wilcox (from left) joined her.

After a meeting to discuss the boundaries and rules of the competition, event coordinator Dayton Fedak planted 100 eggs in a cordoned-off southern section of the lake.

Once it started, the race to collect the most eggs did not take long to finish.

“Most eggs were found within five minutes,” Fedak said, after the dizzyingly fast round of high-powered boating. “There were definitely more people, more prizes and better weather this year.”

As with every year, proceeds went to benefit Friends of Youth, the local organization dedicated to providing services for impoverished, displaced children. Through the admission fees, The NorthWest Freeriders was able to raise $1,000 for the charity.

Along with the satisfaction of donating to a good cause, participants also rode after numerous prizes donated by I-90 Motorsports, Confetti Cupcakes, Cascade Coast Systems, Ride Motorsports, Summit at Snoqualmie and others.

Jessie Wilcox, 16, of Everett, won the competition by finding more eggs than any other rider. Having only raced for a year, she beat out some far more experienced riders.

“This was our fourth year,” Fedak said. “And, we’re going to be out again next year.”

Learn more at www.northwestfreeriders.com.

 

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