20 com­pete in Queen­stown egg-tap­pin’ con­test

Record Observer - - NEWS - By DOUG BISHOP dbishop@kibay­times.com

QUEEN­STOWN — At high noon Sat­ur­day, April 15, 20 res­i­dents of all ages gath­ered at Queen­stown Com­mu­nity Park for the town’s 4th an­nual Egg Tap­pin’ Con­test, an event that dates back thou­sands of years in many places around the world. The tra­di­tion is also known as egg knock­ing or egg box­ing.

The rules of the game are sim­ple. Two con­tes­tants take their hard-boiled egg and taps the other per­son’s egg, in­tend­ing to break it with­out break­ing one’s own. The process con­tin­ues un­til the last per­son with an un­bro­ken egg is de­clared the win­ner. So the con­test was this past Sat­ur­day. Ryan Malay of Main Street, Queen­stown, be­came the over­all win­ner. To prove his egg was le­git, he had to break and eat it fol­low­ing the com­pe­ti­tion (that’s part of the rules).

As was an­nounced prior to the com­pe­ti­tion “Win­ner, win­ner, a Royal Farms eight-piece chicken din­ner!” The cer­tifi­cate for the din­ner was pre­sented to Malay by town Com­mis­sioner Ge­orge Plumbo.

The online his­tory of eggtap­ping states, “The egg was a sym­bol of re­birth, adopted by early Chris­tians as a sym­bol of the res­ur­rec­tion of Je­sus at Easter.” The orig­i­nal color for Easter eggs was red, to rep­re­sent the blood of Christ, but over the years we have be­come more elab­o­rate with dec­o­ra­tions and col­ors.

While Easter eggs are associated with Chris­tian­ity, the egg as a sym­bol of spring is found in cul­tures around the world and has been associated with re­newed life for thou­sands of years.

Dur­ing me­dieval times, Egg-tap­ping was prac­ticed in Europe. In colo­nial New Amsterdam in the 1600s in North Amer­ica, “crack­ing of eggs” was played as a game by chil­dren on Easter Mon­day. It was also wit­nessed in 1781 in Fred­er­ick Town, Mary­land, and noted by a Bri­tish pris­oner of war, Thomas An­bury, dur­ing the Rev­o­lu­tion­ary War. An­bury noted, “the game was preva­lent at that time.”

Sto­ries about egg-tap­ping ap­peared in the Bal­ti­more news­pa­per, The Evening Sun in March 1933, and again, April 17, 1949.

The Amer­i­can tra­di­tion of Easter egg hunts comes from Aus­tria and Ger­many. Egg rolling is pop­u­lar in Western Europe, and was brought to the U.S. by Euro­pean im­mi­grants. Ev­ery Easter in the U.S., there is a huge egg roll on the White House lawn where thou­sands of chil­dren par­tic­i­pate.

Queen­stown res­i­dent Di Quynn-Reno was this year’s Egg-Tap­pin’ co­or­di­na­tor.

PHOTOS BY DOUG BISHOP

Com­pet­ing in the Egg Tap­pin’ semi-fi­nals are Suzie De­vitto, left, and Ryan Malay. Others in the back­ground are also com­pet­ing.

From the left, “Car­rot Man” Micky Hoskin, 2017 Queen­stown Egg-Tap­ping Cham­pion Ryan Malay, Queen­stown Com­mis­sioner Ge­orge Plumbo pre­sent­ing Ryan with his din­ner cer­tifi­cate, and con­test run­ner-up “Chicken Man” Ted Cusi­mano. The event took place at noon Sat­ur­day, April 15, at the Queen­stown Com­mu­nity Park. The prize was an eight-piece chicken din­ner.

“Chicken Man” Ted Cusi­mano, left, and Ryan Malay com­pete in the fi­nals of the 4th an­nual Queen­town Egg Tap­ping Easter Con­test, Sat­ur­day, April 15, at Queen­stown Com­mu­nity Park. Twenty peo­ple of all ages com­peted, un­til the last egg was left un­cracked.

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