We may have stumbled upon a new Neblett, Beard & Arsenault Easter tradition, brought to us by Avoyelles Parish native and NBA attorney, Barbara Mixon!
Egg knocking, or “egg paqueing”, is a Louisiana Easter tradition popularized in 1950 when Cottonport, a small town in Avoyelles Parish, began an official egg knocking competition. The annual Easter competition is still enjoyed today, drawing hundreds of spectators to find out who has the “champion” egg.
Two contestants knock (or pock) their egg against the other, and the shell that does not crack is the victor. In fact, the term “paqueing,” pronounced “pocking,” comes from the sound the eggs make when struck together.
Each year, contestants go through hundreds of eggs during the competition to find out who has the egg with the hardest shell. The winner generally receives a small monetary prize and bragging rights for the year. The eggs are hard-boiled, and veteran competitors insist that certain types of eggs are better than others. Free-range chicken eggs are generally considered the best, as they lay less often and give the shell more time to harden. Guinea eggs are also favored when they are allowed in competition for the hardness of their shells.
This year, Neblett, Beard & Arsenault decided to join the old tradition and host the first annual NBA Egg Pocking Competition for its employees. Sharon Lemoine Juneau, coordinator for the Cottonport Egg Knocking Festival, visited the firm to teach employees about the long-standing Louisiana tradition, and to oversee the competition. Employee Chris Riché won the egg-decorating competition, with Rebecca Monk placing second. Barbara McQuilling took home the first-place trophy in the egg-knocking competition, with Debbie Dubroc besting attorney Willie Neblett for second place. Congratulations to our winners, and thank you to everyone who participated!
If you would like to find out more about the Cottonport Egg Pocking on the Bayou Easter Festival, or how to play the game, visit the links below: