What would America be like without a long list of the "World's Biggest" items?
Over the years, I've seen the world's biggest rocking chair (in Missouri), the biggest 8-ball (also Missouri... maybe there's a trend), the biggest basket (Ohio) and too many more roadside oddities to name.
Here in Madison County, IL, specifically in the city of Collinsville, we have our own kitschy Americana claim to fame: The World's Largest Catsup Bottle.
A 170-foot-tall water tower, the bottle was constructed in 1949 by the bottlers of Brooks rich and tangy catsup. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2002 and is regularly featured as a stop for car cruises and Route 66 enthusiasts.
Why write about the bottle now? Because it's time for the annual celebration of everyone's favorite condiment. The party takes place at the American Legion Hall (which, incidentally boasts of having the Midwest's best fish at their every-Friday fish fries) on Vandalia (Hwy. 159) in Collinsville on Saturday and Sunday, July 12 & 13, 2008.
In addition to paying homage to the bottle, the party includes a classic and custom car show both days, hotdog eating contests, catsup taste tests, music, vendors and plenty of quirky activities.
Learn more at www.catsupbottle.com.