The other day I was out to brunch and ordered a breakfast hash. I was at a fancy bar so this hash was made with potatoes, duck confit, shallots, and a truffle vinaigrette. The meal was topped with a sunny side up duck egg. The duck egg covered the plate of food with a big, plump, golden orange yolk, ripe for cutting into, and oozing onto the rest of the ingredients. It was the biggest egg I’d ever seen. Well, I guess I actually mean that it was the biggest egg I’d ever eaten. The biggest egg I’ve ever seen was the World’s Largest Egg in Mentone, Indiana.
I say “World’s Largest Egg” here with a grain of salt (eggs are best when seasoned, after all). As with many roadside attractions, you can find monuments dubbed the “World’s Largest Egg” in various places throughout America. There’s one in Winlock, Washington that might actually take the cake. And with that big of an egg it would make a mighty big cake!
Even still, the concrete egg in in Mentone, Indiana, is impressively giant. The roadside attraction stands at 10 feet tall and weighs a whopping 3,000 pounds. The painted on Easter-worthy inscription reads, “Mentone, the Egg Basket of the Midwest” referencing the area’s abundant commercial egg production. The town even holds an annual Egg Festival each June to celebrate it’s moniker.
The big egg was sculpted by a group of tradesmen in 1946 to advertise this egg show and was then moved to the spot it stands to today.
Isn’t this an egg-citing roadside attraction? It would make an egg-excellent stop on your next road trip!
World’s Largest Egg in Mentone, Indiana
Location: E. Main St./Hwy 25 and S. Morgan St., Mentone, Indiana
Cost: Free to See
Hours: Always Visible
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The world’s largest egg was probably laid by the world’s largest bird. Check out the The World’s Largest Goose in Sumner, Missouri.