URBANDALE, IA, – The Iowa Egg Council announced the winners of the 16th annual Egg Decorating Contest, held August 9 at the Iowa State Fair. Carolyn Klein of Norwalk received a $500 cash prize for the her artistic egg titled, “Reflections on the State Fair.” The contest, held in the Agriculture Building, recognized Iowa artists for their creativity in decorating a standard large-size chicken egg.
Klein’s colorful egg featured a detailed painting of the Iowa State Fair, complete with historical buildings, a vintage tractor, some livestock and a few carnival rides. She glued tiny mirrors onto the egg to bring beautiful reflective qualities to the scene. “The mirrors reflect the image of the person looking, which individualizes the experience of viewing the Iowa State Fair,” she said.
This year’s Egg Decorating Contest included six impressive entries from across the state. Second place honors went to Marjorie Nejdl of Ely who used acrylic paint to create a “Polka Party” theme to represent the colorful Czech population of Iowa. Receiving third place was Diane O’Hern of Eagle Grove with a painted henhouse cutout filled with miniature sculptures of fresh eggs. Her entry was titled, “A Hen Lays One Egg Every 25 Hours…”
After the fair these unique creations will make up a traveling egg art display that will be showcased at local libraries across the state. Find more details about the library tour and participating artists at www.iowaegg.org.