The idea of creating the World’s Largest Czech Egg began in approximately 2003, when past President of the Wilson Chamber of Commerce, Sharon Holloway, contacted Erika Nelson, World’s Smallest Replica of the World’s Largest Things (Lucas KS), with the idea. Major funding for the project was received from the LaVange Shiroky Revokable Trust Improvement Fund. Other grants received include an Embassy of the Czech Republic Grant, Midwest Energy Community Grant, and a Smoky Hills Charitable Foundation Grant. The World’s Largest Hand-painted Czech Egg stands 20 ft high and 15 ft wide. It is decorated with a traditional Czech design by local artist, Christine Slechta.
Nine years and many fundraisers later, Hess Services Inc (Hays, KS) delivered the fiberglass egg in August of 2012.
Volunteers sanded the egg in the Summer of 2013
The black base coat was painted by volunteers in the Summer of 2014.
The egg design was done by Christine Slechta (Wilson School Art Teacher) with students and volunteers doing the painting in the Summer of 2015.
During 2016 Maico Industries (Ellsworth KS) contributed to the project by designing, building and installing a gazebo around the Egg. Assisting in hauling this massive structure is
Tripp Fencing (Kanopolis KS).
The dedication of the World’s Largest Czech Egg will be held Friday, July 29, 2016 at 3:30pm at the home of the Czech Egg, the Ed & LaVange Shiroky Park, Wilson KS.
Future goals include installing security cameras, sidewalks, park benches and landscaping the park for an safe, attractive and pleasant tourist attraction.