Let the cracking of the eggs commence

Johnson City Press • Apr 21, 2014 at 10:41 AM

Today marks the 191st Peters Hollow Egg Fight in Carter County. Contestants will gather in this Stoney Creek community to vie for the championship of this annual egg-cracking spectacle. What’s an egg fight? One contestant holds a hard-boiled egg in his hand while their opponent taps the egg with their own. When one of the eggs cracks, it is turned around and the other side is used until it, too, is cracked. The contest continues until all but the last contestant runs out of eggs.Other than the cracking of egg shells, there is no violence associated with the event. In fact, it’s more of a family reunion than a rowdy competition. As usual, the event will be held in a field near the home of Norman Peters, 347 Peters Hollow Road, beginning after 2 p.m.This year’s egg fight will be conducted much like the first contest in 1823. The tradition was started when a friendly argument developed between the men of Peters Hollow and the men of Rome Hollow over whose hens laid the eggs with the hardest shells. Since that time, generations of Carter County residents have met on Easter Sunday to crack a few thousand eggs in an attempt to settle the feud.As we’ve noted in this space before, it would be nice if all differences could be settled so harmlessly. Think of a world where disputes are mediated by cracking a few boiled eggs. We are not naive enough to believe Russia and Ukraine would actually agree to park their tanks and pick up boiled eggs, but it couldn’t hurt to ask.

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