Art Derfall February 27, 2000
Contests to try:
- Two Boards
- Medium or Large Size
- Circle in the Center
- three near the edge; 3″ in diameter
- Each person or team starts their eggs in the center, the goal is to have the egg enter each circle and end up in the middle. Better yet, four 1/2″ diameter dowels 3″ tall. Glue a round magnet on the bottom of each dowel. Hold them upright with magnets under the board. Knock down the four dowels. More dowels= demolition derby.
- How about a few dowels, left and right creating a simple maze or slalom course. Run and repeat the course.
These ideas certainly change the dynamics of the game from cooperative to competitive, except for the cooperation of two or three or four persons acting as a team.
How Many Eggs Can You Keep Spinning At Once?
October 18, 1999 ~ A long time ago in Peru Vermont, at the Fair, a group of talented kids were playing around a large board and we started spinning more than one egg into play. Thus started the multiple egg scenario … How many eggs can you spin into play and maintain a controlled spinning environment? A record of ten eggs was set with five players in Polson, MT ~ all eggs were synchronized for approx. three minutes. Awsome teamwork Ashley and company !!!
And then in October of 2009 at the Okanogan Family Faire in Tonasket, WA three people kept 13 of the smaller eggs spinning for a short but controled time and so we’ve have finally broken the existing record of 10!
Records of Note
1999 – the egg spinning record was 3 hours 1 minute set on the new year in Missoula, Montana by Casey Ryan, Jade Falcon Davies-McConchie, and Graeme Pletscher. Their goal was to exceed the existing record of 2 hours 45 seconds, which was set by Ed Rubin and son, and submitted to the GUINNESS BOOK OF RECORDS. The team decided not to submit their record as they felt it was too close to the existing record. My gratitude goes out to the trio for their AWSOME performance. Their ability to work together, to concentrate, to cooperate, and to communicate really made an impression on the whole First Night community this year … We encourage you to post messages with your records. Please include: names of players, the number of eggs, and the time that it took you to create the experience!
2001 – This year a Special Ed group in Lagunitas, CA facilitated by Anne Marie Lillestol kept one egg spinning for 4 hours breaking the existing record. That is a phenominal effort especially if you consider the players had some physical limitations. Autistic childen really seem to take to the egg game. The feedback is it helps them to focus on the task at hand … Thanks to Anne Marie and her students.