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Now that is some egg!
Posted by Rev. Jeff Dixon on Mar 31, 2004, 14:10

Winlock Egg.

Cracking Open Easter Eggs is the title of a Bible study used in an Easter Celebration here at CCC. When you start thinking about the topic of Easter Eggs...have you ever wondered where some of the biggest eggs can be found? Well...here at the CCC RESEARCH INSTITUTE we wondered at this is what we found.....

Here are the contenders for the World's Largest Egg title. Both eggs have managed to hold onto identical civic claims, with very little confict or a scramble for victory.

Perhaps it's the 2,000 miles that separates them. Eggs kept at safe distances not to crack under the pressure. The big egg in Winlock, Washington, south of Tacoma, is twelve feet long and weighs 1,200 lbs. It sits on a pedestal on a ten-foot steel pole in the wide, grassy median running through the center of town. On the pedestal is written "World's Largest EGG, WINLOCK."

Winlock was America's second largest egg producing town until the 1950s, but local egg pride shows no sign of cracking. The first big egg was fashioned from canvas by town boosters in 1923, part of a celebration around the opening of the Pacific Highway. A plastic version replaced it in 1944. In the 1960s, the egg was upgraded to fiberglass model, which lasted until the early 1990s. A local chicken hatcheryman, Vern L. Zander, funded the most recent egg before his death in 1993. Winlock holds its Egg Day festival on the third weekend in June.

Mentone Egg.The other one is in Mentone, Indiana, nestled in the gridded, lightly traveled north-central part of the state. It stands on end next to a bank parking lot.

The Mentone Egg is made of concrete, weighs 3,000 pounds, and is about 10 feet high. It was originally constructed in 1946 to advertise the local egg festival. It's inscribed with "The Egg Basket of the Midwest," and a basket of eggs within an outline-shape of Indiana.

The town lacks other egg emphasis, so the cynical might view this as just another opportunistic concrete blob.

Vegreville in Alberta, Canada, appears to have cracked both eggs' claims with it's own giant "Pysanka" -- the Ukrainians word for Easter Egg. It's 25.7 feet long, 18 feet wide aluminum skinned, spins like a wind vane in the prairie's occasional 100 mph+ winds, and is decorated with an elaborate, mathematically derived pattern. The egg was dedicated in 1976 to honor the Mounties centennial; the town hosts a Pysanka festival the first week of July each year. Designed by Utah computer scientist Ronald Resch, the Pysanka "World's Largest Easter Egg" is recognized for pioneering nine distinct mathematical, engineering and architectural "firsts."

Winlock Egg with American flag paint job.Still an egg at some level... but guess we like ours best hard-boiled, in concrete.

The big egg in Winlock has been painted with the stars and stripes by the Winlock High School art class. It doesn't really look like an egg anymore, but we like the overall flag effect. 

 

For more information about these big eggs and other eggciting stuff visit roadsideamerica.com

 






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