PRESTONSBURG — This year’s Great Easter Egg Hunt is over, after the Davis family, of Eastern, returned the prize-winning egg to The Floyd County Times office Thursday evening.
However, while the Davises claimed the prize, they weren’t the first ones to find the egg.
Tim Davis explained that, when he found the egg, it had been cracked open and had teeth marks encircling it, indicating that some wild animal stumbled across it first. He also found under some bushes in a briar patch, not too far from the tree where it was originally hidden. The prize certificate inside had also been removed, but Davis said he found it a few feet away.
The Great Easter Egg Hunt is an annual contest staged by The Times. One Easter egg is hidden somewhere in Floyd County and then clues are given to its location. The person who figures out the clues and brings the egg to The Times wins $500.
This year’s prize egg was hidden at a wide spot in the road along Route 7, south of Wayland, one mile from the Knott County line. The egg had been perched between three branches of a tree and covered in leaves, before the animal found it and took it away.
Davis said he, his wife, Ashley, and son, Gavin, spent about 10 hours looking for the egg around Garrett, before subsequent clues led him to the correct location. Still, it took another 10 hours of hunting along Route 7 before they found the egg.
“We were getting ready to give up,” Tim Davis said. “We worked hard for it this year.”
This makes the second year that the Davis family has won the contest, having also found the winning egg when it was hidden at Justell in 2012.
Tim Davis said it was a minor miracle, though, that they were able to get to it this year, due to the number of people all searching around the same area.
“There were so many people out there looking for it, it’s a wonder it hadn’t already been found,” he said.
With their winnings, Tim Davis said he is planning to “pay a bill or something,” but said Gavin might also get some new Xbox games.
Editor’s note: The Davis family is not related to Times Editor Ralph B. Davis.