It is barely the winter holiday season, but it is time to start decorating eggs.

The Kansas Poultry Association (KPA) is on a hunt for the egg decorated to best represent the state. The contest is open to all Kansans.

The winning entry will represent Kansas in a display at the White House in Washington, DC, during Easter, 2002. The winning artist will be invited to the White House and receive $300 toward the trip. Egg producers from Kansas will select the winning egg. Eggs must be received by January 11, 2002.

The winning egg will become a permanent addition at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. The official rules of the contest are:

1) A Kansas artist should decorate the egg to represent features of the state.

2) The contents of the large chicken egg should be removed.

3) The small end of the freestanding egg should be facing up.

Scott Beyer, a poultry specialist with K-State Research and Extension, said contest officials have never received a broken egg.

He said the best way to ship an egg is to wrap it in foam or a similar pad, place it into a coffee can, and set the can into a box with padding around it.

Beyer said past winning entries have included scenes from the Kansas landscape, state history or state mottos. Past winners include 4-Hers, high school art students, and amateur and professional artists.

"This year, we'd like to put all of our Kansas entries on public display," Beyer said. "So this is a great chance to let people see some of the things [Kansans] can create."

Entries should be sent to the Kansas Poultry Association, c/o Scott Beyer, 130 Call Hall, KSU Department of Animal Sciences and Industry, Manhattan, KS, 66506.

For more information, interested persons can view the website www.oznet.ksu.edu /pr_poultry/, or call Beyer at 785-532-1201.

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