The Great Easter Egg Hunt of 2014 has finally come to a close after six full weeks of egg-citing clues and hunting.
This year for the first time the Herald was forced to replace the original egg after the first was found to be missing and was never turned in, making the winning egg a purple egg instead of a green egg.
Eric and Lesley Shepherd came to claim their prize on April 21, and since then the Herald has received multiple requests for clue explanations. Here the answers to each of the clues given this year.
1. A simple green egg I may be that is hiding somewhere in Perry County. Search high, search low, search all around, who knows if I will ever be found. This clue simply meant that the egg was located somewhere within Perry County.
2. You’ll make your start on three times five, but just remember, I’m not hiding inside. This clue told that you start somewhere on KY HWY 15, and that the egg is in an outside location.
3. Don’t travel south, east, or west, but journey to where justice was served best. This clue told that the location of the egg was in the northern part of the county and also alluded to the community of Saul that the egg was hidden in. From a previous series on communities of Perry County in the Hazard Herald, Saul was home to the first justice center in Perry County.
4. Don’t fret or lose hope if a green egg you do not yet see, you’ll hit rock bottom far before you’ll find me. This clue pointed in the direction of the Saul community as well because when traveling to Saul you pass Rock Bottom Church.
5. A long journey you’ll make and may think you’ve gone wrong, when out of and into the county you’ve gone. This clue also pointed to Saul, as you travel on HYW 28 you pass out of Perry County, into Breathitt County, and then back into Perry. This is one of the only locations in Perry County that requires a trip out of the county to get to it.
6. An American Hollow is where you find yourself now; if you’ve found me don’t forget to take a bow. The American Hollow portion of this clue points directly to Saul as the documentary “American Hollow” was filmed in the Saul community in 1999. The bow part references the bow of a boat as the egg was located near the boat dock in Saul.
The last clue, which was not published because the egg was found, would have read:
7. Redbud winter is finally here, and I’m sure by now to me you are finally near. Don’t wait too long to take the bait, because in my hole I will not forever wait. This clue points to the direct location of the egg. It was hidden in the hollow of a redbud tree next to the boat ramp.
The Herald staff wants to thank each and every participant in the Great Easter Egg Hunt as well as all the sponsors who made it possible. Maybe next year you will be the one to solve the clues and be the first to find the hidden egg!