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Mary Rea | A high bar set for Easter

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Easter is late this year, giving folks plenty of time to break Easter world records.

The Twisp Valley Grange and Winthrop Kiwanis will hold their joint Easter egg hunt on Saturday. But I can tell you right now that they won’t break any records. The egg hunt record is held by Winter Haven, Fla., where 9,753 children and their parents searched for 501,000 eggs.

Can you imagine hiding all those eggs?

And hunts are not just for kids any more. There are Easter egg hunts for dogs, underwater Easter egg hunts for adults, and nighttime Easter egg hunts for teenagers. To attract big crowds, the stakes are higher too: money, gift cards, free trips to Hawaii.

In Germany, it’s popular to hang hollowed-out eggs from tree branches. On April 8, 2007, the Rostock Zoo set a Guinness World record by decorating one tree with 76,596 painted eggs.

Can you imagine painting all those eggs?

The largest decorated Easter egg stands 48 feet 6 inches tall and is 27 feet 6 inches in diameter. It took workers six weeks to build the yellow plastic egg, which they topped off with a blue bow to meet the “decorated” requirement.

The record for the most expensive chocolate egg (non-jeweled) is held by a 110 pound behemoth sold in 2012 for more than $10,000. The body of the egg contained chocolate from the Chuao region of Venezuela, which many consider the best in the world. And it was accented with edible gold leaf.

It’s unlikely kids in Winthrop will find anything like that during their egg hunt.

The largest rabbit made completely out of chocolate weighs in at more than three tons. The massive hare was the brainchild of the South African branch of Duracell — the battery company with the pink energizer bunny as its spokesperson. This giant dessert was later melted down and small portions were given out to 250 underprivileged kids.

Another outstanding Easter world record is the oldest hot cross bun. It is owned by 95-year-old English woman. The bun was baked on Good Friday in 1821 and has been handed down through her family. The fruity relic retains its smell and cross on the top, though it’s now hard as a rock.

I’m not sure the hot cross bun record will ever be broken, but there’s still plenty of room to create other records. You could be one to set the new mark for most pink jelly beans eaten between 10 and 11 a.m. on Easter morning. It’s definitely worth a try.

Mary Rea of Mazama is the author of the novel “Ladies Night Out.” Her blog is at maryreabooks.com. She can be reached at m2rea@earthlink.net

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