SUNNYSIDE -- The Easter Egg Hunt will go on, but the bad news is that another popular Sunnyside fixture has closed.
Dairy Fair, a deli, gift shop and ice cream counter attached to Darigold's cheese factory, shut its doors indefinitely Friday because it cost more to operate than it earned in sales, according to company officials.
The establishment was the second Sunnyside eatery and gathering place to close last week.
Less than a mile away, Guerra's Coffee Co., a locally owned coffee shop known for its art shows and diverse clientele, closed its doors Feb. 21.
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"It's two huge blows," said Pam Turner, executive director of the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce. "It's hard. I hurt for all the people that have lost their jobs. I hope everybody can rebound."
Two years ago, Turner took her Seattle-area nieces, then 8 and 6, to the Dairy Fair. They enjoyed the ice cream, cheese curd samples and a self-guided tour that let them watch the cheese processing floor from upstairs windows.
"It's fun, it's interesting, it's different," Turner said.
The tours, accessed through Dairy Fair, have ended, too.
The popular tourist stop and destination for school field trips was the public face of the corporation.
Darigold still will hold this year's Easter Egg Hunt, which attracts hundreds of children to its lawn each spring. The company has not decided about other community events in which Dairy Fair was involved, such as cookie decorating with Mrs. Claus every December during the Lighted Farm Implement Parade festivities.