First Place, with 7 votes
In memory of Grandpa Bernie by Andrew stole the show. An artistic and timely submission is hard to beat.
Second Place, a tie
The Alabama Bell and her northern mother both garnered 6 votes. Cheep by The Alabama Bell was in the lead through much of the event with Egg Salad Surgery by Robin showing a strong finish.
Signs of Spring by the Alabama Bell was a clear favorite of many garnering several positive comments. Too bad comments do not count as votes.
Carrot Top by the University of Cincinnati Queen (Leighann our neighbor) had a strong showing with 4 votes. Leighann's first year in the contest was a huge success and I expect next year she will learn that quality is not always the key to success. It's a hard lesson, but she's young.
Fifth Place, a three way tie
Eggsoneration by Robin, LaLaLaLaLaLaLa and Halloween both by the next country music idol enjoyed a strong following and generated viewer interest. (neither of which count in the polls). Luke's choice of LaLaLaLaLa was also Cousin Jake's vote, indicating both are at the same emotional, intellectual and social level. The Chicago contingent put in a strong showing as Grandpa Casey voted twice for Robin's Eggsoneration, which of course is fully allowed within the rules of Chicago voting.
Honey Bunny Bee by the UC Queen was a strong contender in the nature category. I thought it would pull in more votes, but since it was first on the day to be posted, there was a renewed effort by ruthless competitors to stop the flow of honey.
Driving the Train by Bo was a photo journalistic masterpiece showing the hard but joyous life of a conductor driving to a successful life. Congratulations Bo on a fine contribution.
Last Place, not Seventh, but Last
Hope Rides Again (Aunt Mary), J Jagers (Aunt Mary), Gertrude (the UC Queen), Change, but When.?.?.? (the KC Kid) and Cowboys (Big Dad) all pretty much sucked or alienated the voters. Now, we do know that Change, but When had a goal of receiving zero votes, so some level of success was achieved. A word to the losers: if you feel your contribution was meaningful, relevant or impactful, you are probably correct. Several people reported being impacted after viewing your posts.
As we close this year's Easter Egg contribution, I would like to congratulate the winners and encourage the challengers to try again next year. May the spirit of the holiday bless us all.