20 compete in Queenstown egg-tappin’ contest
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.
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.