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An egg-citing tradition

Spring is a season of hope and renewal, and our community will have the chance to experience both during the next several weeks thanks to the return of the Great Steubenville Eggsibition.

The event, which will feature 32 Easter eggs that have been hand-painted by local artists, will open its fifth season Friday and run through May 2. It’s back after a one-year hiatus, a cancellation which was necessitated as a result of precautions put into place in an effort to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.

Organizers say the Eggsibition is rooted in an Easter tradition in the Ukraine, Poland and Austria, where giant, decorated eggs are loaded onto wagons and paraded through towns.

In Steubenville, each of the eggs carries a different theme — some are abstract; others boast more traditional Eastern European designs, Easter and spring symbols; and some capture local interests and culture. They will be displayed in storefronts of businesses throughout the downtown area, and that will allow individuals and families to enjoy the displays while maintaining safety protocols.

Those who view the eggs also will be able to participate in the StoryWalk, which will offer participants a chance to read a book — “The Story of the Easter Bunny” — that is part of a treasure hunt.

Pages in the book will include locations of specific eggs, information about the season, the egg itself, the artist who painted the egg or the book, plus the chance to answer a question about the specifics.

When the books, which will be available at Leonardo’s Coffeeshop on North Fourth Street, are completed, they can be taken to the Main Branch of the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County on South Fourth Street, where participants will receive a prize.

It’s a family friendly activity that promotes literacy while helping downtown merchants.

Driving the project are Therese Nelson and Nelson Fine Art and Gifts.

The organizers say that while the Eggsibition started after the formation of the Nutcracker Village, it had been in the works for a couple of years before the life-sized figures first took to downtown streets.

The Eggsibition, Nelson explains, offers a chance to get outside and enjoy the warmer spring weather, shows off the work of local artists and craftsmen and women and helps to bring people from around the Tri-State Area into Steubenville, which will help local businesses.

It has become an annual tradition, one whose return is welcome, and one we hope you will get out and enjoy.

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