A small town in Kansas is scrambling to paint its newest prized possession—a giant fiberglass egg.
The town of Wilson, KS, hopes that by transforming the egg into the “World’s Largest Czech Painted Egg,” it will spur a rush of tourists to the self-described “Czech Capital of Kansas.”
Standing 20 feet tall and 15 feet in diameter, the egg weighs in at about 7,500 pounds, according to local reports.
Community members will soon begin painting the egg in traditional Czech designs, using red, black, yellow and white hues, reports say.
Painted Czech eggs are traditionally given as gifts of appreciation and used during holiday celebrations.
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|Painted Czech eggs are traditionally given as gifts of appreciation and used during holiday celebrations.|
The egg was built—or shall we say, laid—by Hess Services Inc. based in Hays, KS. The company designs, fabricates, repairs, sandblasts, and paints oilfield and industrial equipment.
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| The 7,500-pound egg rolled into town Aug. 17. Painting is the next task.|
The egg is filled with yellow paint, so if it should ever crack, the town would know, reports say.
The project to acquire the egg took the town 10 years and $18,000 in donations.