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Prize golden egg found after final clue printed

BY DAVID ZOELLER dzoeller@paducahsun.com

The Paducah Sun's Easter Egg Hunt Contest went down to the wire Sunday with Virginia Walker of Golconda, Ill., finding the elusive golden egg after the eighth and final clue was published in Sunday's newspaper.

Walker, assisted by daughter Darlene Gibbs, found the egg early Sunday morning near a cedar tree close to the air park near the McCracken County Animal Shelter. Sunday's final clue read: "Don't be late to reach the gate, halfway to the cedar tree is where I'll be." Saturday's seventh clue stated: "Being on the hunt can be helter skelter, but when a storm is nearby seek shelter."

Walker has participated in The Sun's egg hunt the past eight years.

"I just went by the clues," Walker said of her egg-finding strategy. She admitted the first couple of clues did not help her find the prize egg, but by the time she read the final clues and had an idea of the egg's location, she told her daughter, "Now is the time to go check."

When the two found the golden egg there weren't a lot of other egg-hunters in the vicinity, Walker said. As to who saw the egg first, Walker or her daughter, she said, "I guess you could say I did." Walker admits she doesn't get around too well by herself and she was glad to have her daughter accompany her.

Walker won a $500 gift certificate from Hutson Inc., the contest sponsor. And because she is a Paducah Sun subscriber, she also won $500 cash. As for plans for her winnings, "I'll have to think about that ... I'll probably find a good use for it," she said.

According to Kendra Payne Mitchell, marketing manager for The Paducah Sun, there was a concerted effort to make this year's contest a little more challenging. "This is the longest the contest has gone before (a winner claimed the prize)," Mitchell said. "We've never published all eight clues before."

The contest generates a lot of  interest, and is promoted on Facebook as well as in the newspaper, Mitchell said. "We really got a lot of positive feedback with people thanking us for making it tougher."

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