Governments' Lighter Side

Belleville's 200-foot long

Do you like foot-longs? Well how about a 200-foot-long?

If you’re a resident of Belleville, a small city in Illinois, that’s exactly what you got last Sunday – the final day of the town’s bicentennial celebration. According to the Associated Press, Schubert’s Packing Co. donated about 120 pounds of meat to make the mega-bratwurst, which Lindenwood University and Southwestern Illinois College athletes helped march down the city’s main street for the event.

And if you’re going to have a 200-foot bratwurst, you’re going to need a 200-foot bun. Luckily the 10th Street Baking Co. was up to the task. The company’s owner, Don Harweth, told local paper, the Belleville News-Democrat, "It looks good. It'll taste good."

Harweth stayed up all night Saturday bake the bun using a secret method he engineered through trial and error, the paper reports.

Originally event organizers wanted to break the world record with the impressive bratwurst, according to the Belleville News-Democrat; however, they decided against paying the fee to have their sausage recognized by the World Record Academy. The legacy of the 200-foot-long will have to remain unofficial.

The event raised  $1,600 for local food pantries, according to the AP.


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Derek Prall

Derek Prall is a professional journalist who has held numerous positions with a variety of print and online publications including The Public Manager magazine and the New Jersey Herald. He is a 2008...
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