The World’s Largest Easter Egg, Vegreville’s Pysanka was created to commemorate the Centennial Celebrations of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in 1974.
The story began a year earlier when the Alberta government established the Alberta Century Celebration Committee to coordinate these celebrations and commission a monument for this occasion.
While there were several suggestions for the RCMP monument, it was finally decided by the Vegreville & District Chamber of Commerce to create a giant Easter Egg, to symbolize the peace and security the Mounties offered the area’s pioneers and their descendants.
Building the Pysanka was no easy feat. Professor Resch, a computer scientist at the University of Utah, was the brains behind the operation creating and developing new computer programs which would help in the physical construction of ‘the big egg’. The first authentic egg shape to be built as a structure, the egg weighs over 5,000 lbs.
The Pysanka dedication ceremony took place on July 28, 1975 at 3:30 in the afternoon.
Jump ahead 40 years later, vEGGfest was born. “You only turn 40 once, and we wanted to make sure this party is one nobody will forget” says Darcie Sabados, President for the Vegreville & District Chamber of Commerce.
Now in 2016, vEGGfest is proud to be back for a second year, to celebrate the Egg and raise funds for its preservation and maintenance.