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Peters Hollow Egg Fight has first postponement after 197 years

John Thompson • Mar 24, 2020 at 9:20 PM

ELIZABETHTON — After nearly 200 years of tap, tap, tapping and crack, crack, cracking, the laying hens of Peters Hollow will finally get a quiet time leading up to Easter.

Peters Hollow hens raised by such dedicated egg fighters as Jerry Peters have long provided the ammunition for a fight that had received publicity across the globe. But the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has led to the cancellation of the event this Easter Sunday for the first time since James Monroe was president of the United States. The long tradition will finally get a break, much to the regret of many fans of the egg fight.

“It is with tremendous regret we have to announce that the 197th Peters Hollow Egg Fight will not take place Easter Sunday, April 12th, 2020, and will be postponed to 2021,” Norman Peters said through a press release.

For many years now, the egg fight has been held in Peters’ back yard and he said the decision to not have the fight this Easter was hard but it was the right one.

Peters said his family, after thorough discussion, believe this decision is in the best interest of the health of all family and friends during this unprecedented time for our community, country and world. They wanted to get the word out as early as possible, knowing that many people start saving eggs weeks before the event. That is because each contestant in the adult competition is armed with six dozen eggs.

In the past, the Peters Hollow Egg Fight has been held through snow storms, wind storms, freezing weather and continuous rain. This will mark the event’s first postponement since the fight started in 1823.

“People look forward to seeing their kin folks on Easter Sunday,” Jamie Peters said. “Many travel from other states to visit and carry on the tradition.”

Jamie Peters said many people, when they don’t come home for Christmas, make it in for Easter.

According to available records, no one has ever won the main event three times in a row. Several competitors have won it twice, the last being Hannah Colbaugh.

Last year’s winner, Laura Baird, will hold the title until the next fight, scheduled for Sunday, April 4, 2021.

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