Peters Hollow Egg Fight marks 199th year after COVID-19 absence

Published 5:13 pm Monday, April 18, 2022

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One of the most famous traditions in Carter County took place in Peters Hollow as the annual Easter egg fight which has been going on for 199 years got back underway after after its absence for two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The egg fight began when two farmers had an argument over who had the hardest eggs and has been a favorite for returning and new competitors ever since.
With different age divisions, several champions were crowned at the end of the competition on Sunday.
Soloman Maupin, only 13 days old, was crowned as the youngest Peters Hollow Egg Fight Champion ever to win in the storied history of the event.
Soloman beat out six-month-old Levi Arnold in the smallest division of the egg fight.
In the 4-6 year-old-division, Elis Vodgers won by taking the title over Avery Edwards of Erwin and Saven Peters of Elizabethton. The reigning champion, Aubrey Collins, who had won the division the last two years, had to move up to the 7-12 year-old division.
Collin Edwards took the title back to Erwin in the 7-12 year-old division outlasting his cousin, Owen Kemp.
In the adult competition, Joy Henry came out on top by outcracking her opponent, Matthew Peters.
Jerry Peters still holds the record for the most adult division wins with eight. The contest was judged by the candidates who are running for office in the 2022 May 3 Primary.
Traveling the farthest this year was Mythea Manning, who made the trip across the United States from Medford, Ore.
Next year will be the 200th year for the fight and a special festival is in the making for a two-day event.

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