AMORY - Spring is just around the corner and so is a spring-like event.
Area artists and anyone else with a creative yearning will have a chance to participate in the upcoming Main Street Inc. event called "Eggstra Special Decorated Easter Egg Silent Auction."
According to Amory Main Street interim director Jean Pinkley, the Eggstra Special event that is planned will involve artists decorating eggs and a silent auction for people to purchase them.
Anyone is welcome to participate in this spring event. The eggs that are decorated can be plastic, papier-mache', wooden or real blown eggs sized no smaller than a hen egg and no larger than an ostrich egg.
Eggs should be decorated with any media desired. They could be painted, beaded, dyed, fabric-covered, or decorated in any other manner. The eggs should also have a loop or hanger attached for hanging.
Decorated eggs must be turned in to the Amory Main Street Inc. office, along with a completed registration form, by March 24.
The decorated eggs will be displayed at local stores from March 30 through April 3. Anyone may place a silent bid on an egg that's on display by writing their bid price on a bid card that will be placed by each egg. Bids will begin at $3. The bid will be for the egg and its display stand. Bidding will end April 3. High bidders for the eggs will be notified by phone and they will be able to pay for their eggs at the Amory Main Street office, located beside the Amory Utilities office on 2nd Ave. North. They will receive a receipt that will enable them to pick up their purchased egg at the store where it is displayed.
People can use any type of egg, even inexpensive plastic eggs. People are also welcome to enter as many decorated eggs as they want. Some area school children are already busy creating decorated egg entries.
Any eggs that don't receive bids may be picked up by their creator after April 3.
Main Street Promotions Committee member Louis Rowles said the idea of going from store to store in search of the decorated eggs is just like a grander scale Easter egg hunt.
"We're excited about this event," Pinkley said.
Rowles said it's a good way to get excited about spring's arrival and to do something beneficial for Amory at the same time. "Everybody loves to decorate Easter eggs," he said.
There will be a prize of a gift certificate for the artist who created the egg that received the highest bid price. Proceeds from the sale of the eggs will go toward Amory Main Street Inc. events.