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Subject: Interesting News
Date: Fri, 1 Oct 2004 17:51:15 EDT
Re-enactment of historic fight won’t go eggs-actly as planned
Plastic substitutes are village’s backup
Greenbay Press-Gazette Door
EGG HARBOR — Concerns about zebra mussels and bacteria have fried a plan to
use real eggs to re-enact the historic food fight that led to the naming of Egg
Harbor in 1825.
But the rowdy battle is scheduled to happen anyway, with plastic ammunition.
“It just got so controversial, and I know there are some concerned citizens
out there,” said egg-fight organizer George Bisbee. “I had plastic eggs as a
backup plan all along, so there will be no environmental impact.”
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources insisted on the plastic eggs
after learning that Bisbee planned to use hundreds of real eggs.
Bisbee initially said he planned to use 3,000 eggs, but later acknowledged he
Shoreline property owners and citizens from around northeast Wisconsin called
the DNR to complain about the event, said Tom Hansen, warden supervisor in
“We’ve asked that the real eggs not be used, and we will be prepared to
enforce that request,” Hansen said. “It just wasn’t appropriate. With 3,000 eggs,
that would be 250 pounds of protein and organic matter entering the bay. I can
’t allow that while still writing people tickets for dropping a candy wrapper.
Hansen said eggs are breeding grounds for bacteria, while zebra mussels would
feast on the calcium shells.
Egg-launching time is set for 10 a.m. Saturday at the Egg Harbor dock.
Bisbee and the village of Egg Harbor announced the celebration about a month
ago in honor of an egg fight in 1825 between sailors docked in the Door County
The historic battle was apparently a spur-of-the-moment release of tension,
and it was recounted by Green Bay diarist Elizabeth Baird, who happened to be
sailing by on another ship.
Bisbee said the event will still be fun. Crews on two boats, one from
Sturgeon Bay and one from Sister Bay, will throw plastic eggs at each other at 10
An actress, Bev Smith, will portray Baird and read from her now-famous diary.
Other events will include an egg toss, egg treasure hunt and appearances by
fishing expert Dale Stroschein and artist Bob Straube.
The event will raise money for local scholarship funds.