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These eggs are too pretty to eat

Decorated eggs will be on display at the Eggstravangza.
Decorated eggs will be on display at the Eggstravangza.

Easter is still weeks away, but Sacramento area folks can get their egg fix this weekend when Northern California Eggstravaganza rolls into town.

The Eggstravaganza -- an egg art show -- is Saturday and Sunday at the Crowne Plaza Sacramento Northeast. It runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, with an early admission time on both days for registered guests.

The theme for the show this year is winter wonderland, and it will have supply dealers and exhibitors. Seminars will also be taking place March 1 through the 4, which require paid registration, as well as additional fees for each seminar.

Seminars include Fancy Peacock, taught by Rebecca White from Florida; Pansies in Metal Embossing, taught by Conchita Munoz from Mexico; Elsa, Olaf, and Sven from Disney's "Frozen," taught by Gloria Harrison from Oregon; Introduction to Pysanky, taught by Teresa Mihalko Harbert from Orangevale; and the Holy Family (Popotillo), also taught by Munoz. Those interested should contact the seminar instructor to make sure space is still available.

And yes, all of the art is made using actual egg shells.

"You can use anything on an egg, you know, and do something," Diana Macias, show director says. "But, I like the carving and I like the scenes inside of eggs, I like a lot of different kinds. Where some people specialize ... and they're perfect at it, but I like to try everything, at least once."

There will also be a learning table -- mostly aimed at kids, Macias added -- that will be open 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. both days, and offers a chance to create projects for $3.

The show also has international appeal, with people even coming from the Netherlands to attend.

"I think people that do this type of thing, I mean, the reason that I do it and I teach like in Dallas and Ohio ... is because my friends go to those shows, and sometimes I only see them at the show," Macias, says. "So, different people go to different shows and if you want to see them, you know, without making a special trip just to see them somewhere else, then you go to the show." Eggstravaganza When: March 3, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m, and March 4, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. (early 8 a.m. entry for registered guests)

Where: Crowne Plaza Sacramento Northeast, 5321 Date Ave.

Cost: Free - $25

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