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2007 State Easter Eggs Cause a Bit of Controversy

Each Easter, since 1994, every state has sent a decorated egg to the White House. The eggs are created by artists from across the US and are decorated to represent each of the 50 states (plus one for DC). The collection is coordinated by the American Egg Board and this year there's a tiny bit of controversy. When the eggs were unveiled this week, everyone got to see them all, including the Wyoming state egg. Unlike other state eggs, which were decorated by state artists, American Egg Board had the Wyoming egg decorated by Phillip M. LeDonne, the son of an "administrative person" at the board, because they "couldn't locate a Wyoming egg artist."

I don't know about you guys, but this sounds like a pretty lame excuse. Also, check out the quality of the Wyoming egg in comparison to the others. This is California's egg on the left, designed by Jimmy Hasko. LeDonne's egg is on the right.

Camelia El-Antably, deputy manager of the Wyoming Arts Council had this to say:

We're disappointed that we were not contacted to be asked to help find an artist who could represent our state, and we hope in the future to have an artist that can represent Wyoming.

You can check out the White House's webpage to see the rest of the 2007 State Easter Eggs.

Source: ABC News via Neatorama

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celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 9 years
awww, cute egg!
RainbowCrayon RainbowCrayon 9 years
By the way, I agree with Cupcake, I also hail from Wisconsin, and our egg just dosen't do us justice. Where's the cheese!
Schaianne Schaianne 9 years
Y'know, I think they should have gotten a grade-schooler instead of a college student to decorate an egg since they couldn't find an egg artist ... I think it would have been less controversy ... and much sweeter.
cupcake17 cupcake17 9 years
I wish my state egg (WI) had more to do with our state! Butterflies and flowers?? Bummer! I think the little egg skiing is adorable. Hooray for WY!
RainbowCrayon RainbowCrayon 9 years
**wipes the coffee off the pc screen** Ok, now that I'm done laughing. I really doubt no one could find an "egg artist" in WY. What about asking the artist from last year? From the story, it seems no one even contacted Wy in reguards to the egg art..thing. Someone was a bit too lazy doing thier job.
Beautifulbarbie Beautifulbarbie 9 years
Cute egg.
SU3 SU3 9 years
had No idea that there was some sort of competition between State Easter Eggs.. You really do learn something new every day :)
SU3 SU3 9 years
First of all... there's an American Egg Board???
cybele cybele 9 years
Wyoming has an unemployment rate of 3.3% (well, they're also the least populated state in the union, with less than a half a million people). Maybe they really didn't have anyone available.
kayleigh83 kayleigh83 9 years
Hahahah that is seriously the cutest egg. At least it stands out! And yeah, even if it was made by a college student... LOL that is the funniest thing!!
Budderflie Budderflie 9 years
Hahaha. Its still cute though. Adds a bit of humor, no? ~Erin~
Food Food 9 years
Except, I think the kid may have actually been a college student...
colormesticky colormesticky 9 years
I think it's cute! Who cares if it's not like the others- you know that kid had fun making it.
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