by Lisa Tome
While some spend this time of year hiding eggs, the 4-H clubs of Cecil County put theirs on display.
The annual 4-H Eggstravaganza was held April 1 at Calvert Grange.
It was an old tradition, which was then revived, explained Ruth Brown who organized this event for 4-H members from throughout the county. She said the focus of the day was children's knowledge of eggs, food and craft creations, and egg and Easter related activities. "When we used to do this, winners would get a $2 bill. Now every 4-Her gets a gold coin from the 4-H All Stars," said Brown. There were also ribbons and other prizes awarded.
Nick Iadicicco, Betty Sharon, and Fran Sharon had a tasty job. The three, adult volunteers were charged with the task of judging entries in various food categories - breakfast, lunch-dinner, dessert, and cake.
"The food is good. I'm not sure we had many bad dishes. I like most everything, especially sweets," said Iadicicco.
Betty Sharon was a first time judge. "This is very interesting. I'm hoping to learn something here," she said. "I like breakfast food."
Fran Sharon has judged for two years. "I'm looking for taste and presentation. I love all food," she said.
The judges said they based their opinions on both looks and taste. Egg dishes that were served hot, got rave reviews.
Sally Hawke was chosen to judge the crafts category. Club members were encouraged to create projects but eggs had to be the theme. "Some of these things are fabulous," said Hawke. "They all had to feature something with eggs or egg shells. They are creative and crafty," said Hawke, who was keeping her eye out for creativity and neatness.
Enrollment is Eggstravaganza has grown substantially from last year until this year. In 2016, 18 children signed up.
This year, nearly 50 attended.