Tennessee town has 187th annual egg fight

By NEMS Daily Journal

ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. — One of the oldest-and oddest-sporting events in Tennessee took place in Elizabethton Sunday after church: The 187th Peters Hollow Egg Fight.

The Johnson City Press reports the event started in 1823 when residents of Peters Hollow and Rome Hollow argued over whose hens laid the hardest eggs. To settle the argument, they held a competition in which they tapped the ends of their eggs against those of their opponents. The last person remaining with an uncracked egg won.

In the past, people would bring as many eggs as possible, even wheelbarrows full, in an attempt to outlast the competition. But these days the contest is more regulated and there’s a limit on the number of eggs each contestant may use.

Since this is an election year, some politicians are expected to show up. But many of the contestants take the competition quite seriously. Gebe Ritchie even consulted professors at the University of Tennessee’s College of Agriculture to learn about which chickens lay the hardest eggs. For the record, it’s the youngest ones.