|A Year of Indiana History - 2016|
As the home of major egg producers, Metone Indiana considers itself the "Egg Basket of the Midwest." To celebrate its success with eggs, the Metone Chamber of Commerce stages the annual Egg Festival each year in early June. In 1946, Hugh Rickel of Palestine, Indiana built the twelve-foot tall egg to promote the Egg Festival.
Surveyors platted this city of 1000 residents in 1882. It is located in Kosciusko County in northern Indiana. The town probably takes its name from Metone, France. Metone is on Indiana State Road 19 about ten miles from its intersection with US 6. The intersection is between Nappanee and Bremen, Indiana. The Lawrence D. Bell Aircraft Museum (574) 353-7318) also resides at 210 S Oak Street in Metone.
Begun in 1946 to celebrate the town's egg production heritage the Egg Festival is a three-day celebration that the Chamber of Commerce hosts each year in early June. The events include a parade, flea market and craft show, baby contest and the Miss Chick and Mr. Rooster Contest. The event also has a car show.
World's Largest Egg
The manager of the Northern Indiana CO-OP Association, Ed Ward, came up with the idea of the huge egg and approached Hugh Rickel about building it. Rickell, a sheet metal worker, welded a framework together of steel rods. Workers then plastered concrete over the framework after which Harry Meredith painted it. The completed egg weighed in at over 3000 pounds and stands twelve foot tall. When complete twelve men loaded the egg on a truck and transported it to the Metone Courthouse lawn. No one knows exactly when they placed the egg on the lawn, but the March 13, 1946 edition of the Mentone CO-OP News had the photo on the cover. At the conclusion of the 1946, Egg Festival officials returned the egg to the Northern Indiana CO-OP Association. Company official had no clue what to do with the egg until the CO-OP donated the land at Main and Morgan streets. Workers moved the egg there and there is where it sits today.
For more information on Metone and the Egg Festival, contact:
Metone Chamber of Commerce
105 East Main St.
Mentone, IN 46539
A Year of Indiana History - 2016
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