'American Profile' spotlights Peters Hollow tradition

From Staff Reports

   You won't want to miss this week's edition of "American Profile," a national magazine supplement found inside Sunday's Elizabethton Star, which carries an egg-citing story on a time-honored tradition in Peters Hollow.
   The "Hometown Spotlight" focuses on the 178-year-old battle among community residents which takes place each Easter Sunday in the Stoney Creek area.
   The article, "Peters Hollow's Eggstraordinary Contest," takes a look at the lengths some residents will go to ensure they take home the coveted egg trophy, from feeding their hens calcium-enriched diets to adding special ingredients during the boiling process.
   The contest is staged in three categories: infants through age 6, children ages 6 to 12, and persons age 12 and up. Each participant is allowed to bring from two to six dozen hard-boiled eggs. They then peck at each other until the next-to-last egg is cracked. The person with the remaining uncracked egg is declared the winner.
   Some residents, such as C.W. Rambo, have been battling it out with their neighbors for 60 years. Ninety-year-old Ruth Peters Jones has won the Peters Hollow Egg Fight 10 times -- without cheating.
   The American Profile article, which will be circulated in subscribing newspapers throughout the Southeast, gives outsiders an a-peeling view of how folks back in the hollows of East Tennessee create their own good-natured fun.