Could you eat a 100-foot-long bratwurst?
About 50 people volunteered to carefully grill a 100-foot bratwurst without burning or breaking it.
Silver Creek Saloon hosted a practice run Tuesday to prepare for the city's 200th anniversary celebration Sept 19-21, where the volunteers will attempt to grill a 200-foot-long bratwurst, the Belleville News-Democrat reported.
On Tuesday, Larry Schubert, who made the 60-pound sausage, led the effort to unroll it onto a specially made 100-foot metal trough. Volunteers exercised more caution after practicing in August with a 50-foot bratwurst, which broke in several places because it was turned too quickly and the grill was too hot.
A baking company will make a 200-foot-long bun to go with the bratwurst on Sept. 21. Donations will be collected from those who want to eat a piece of the bratwurst, with proceeds to benefit food pantries.
On Tuesday, volunteers shoveled a layer of burning coal onto the trough before Schubert gingerly unrolled the 60 pounds of brat he made onto the grill. Then the group put on gloves and tried to rotate the brat, gently and at the same time, until the whole thing was 160 degrees and safe to eat.
At one point, Bob Schweiger, who was in the middle of the line, said: "We need a Band-Aid," as organizers walked by to inspect the damage, according to News-Democrat reporter Jacqueline Lee.
"It's not a break," decided Amy Bouvet, of the Belleville 200 Committee. "It's just a split."
A 50-foot bratwurst broke in several places when volunteers practiced in August because volunteers turned too quickly and the grill was too hot.
Schubert also said he decided to make the brat's casing a day ahead this time, instead of the morning of the practice. He also will make the 200-foot brat to be grilled Sept. 21 and the bun will be made at the bakery that morning before the whole thing is carried down Main Street to where the bratwurst will be grilled. The Lindenwood University football team will carry the bun and grill.
Teresa Hessel, of the Belleville 200 Committee, said event organizers initially wanted to break a world record for the longest grilled bratwurst but now the event will be unofficial because organizers do not wish to pay the fee to have the record be recognized by the World Record Academy, she said.
"We need to put all the money we have toward the festival," Hessel said."
Critical thinking challenge: Why is the football team carrying the bun? Why is a football team better qualified for this task than a basketball team?