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March 16, 2010

Glen Oaks Community College sets new world record for Largest Meatball

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Written by: Bruce Snook
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This photograph, courtesy of Lon Huffman, shows the meatball on the forklift for weighing with the crowd gathered around. In the center – in the yellow shirts – are Glen Oaks Business Professors Lester Keith and Bill Furr. (Click on photo to enlarge)

Monday, March 15, 2010 was a history making day at Glen Oaks Community College as the school near Centreville set the new world record for the Largest Meatball.

Lon Huffman, PR/Marketing Manager at Glen Oaks, offered some insights into the events of the day in the following e-mail message to the River Country Journal:

The meatball took two more hours to cook through than they thought, so it was about 6 p.m. when it finished. Yet a large crowd remained to hear the updates on where the temperature of the meatball stood and how soon it would come out. Probably 500 or so people at GOCC despite a cool, 40 degree evening.

The meatball was removed from the large cooker and the weight was ultimately recorded at 254 lbs. (beating the earlier record of 222 lbs). They had to subtract the weight of the apparatus that held the meat and some 30 lbs. of meat that needed to be cooked a bit longer for health safety sake, but it still beat the record.

The crowds drawn to the Glen Oaks campus for the record-setting event had an opportunity to enjoy the finished product in the gym. (Click on photo to enlarge)

You can read more about Monday’s achievement at Glen Oaks on the World Records Academy website.  To access the story, simply click on the following link:  Largest Meatball – world record set by Glen Oaks Community College


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