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Wis. Grocer Celebrates 100 Years With Record-Breaking Brat

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PRESCOTT, Wis. (WCCO) — There are a lot of ways to celebrate anniversaries. However, for one family in Prescott, Wis. who owns a grocery store, they marked the occasion in a very unique way.

Mike Ptacek owns Ptacek’s IGA in Prescott and his family has owned it for four generations. The small grocery store started as a meat market 100 years ago. So, they wanted to make sure meat was part of the party.

“So, for Prescott Days, in the 60′s, we’d always make brats just as a ‘come on’ item,” Ptacek said.

NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Susie Jones Reports

Ptacek and his son is set out to make the “world’s largest brat” for their 100th birthday.

Making the brat wasn’t all that difficult.

“But the problem was when you are cooking it, and rolling it and trying to get it done on all sides because it’s an open grill, and it would have broke, then it wouldn’t have been authentic,” he said.

But it was authentic! The 52-feet-2-inch bratwurst broke the World Record of 47-feet-3-inches, which was set by a restaurant in Chicago last year.

Ptack says the brat was one thing, making and transporting the bun was another!

“The semi is 53 feet and they could only get the bun 52 (feet), but it ended up to be a little over 52 because they got it in the semi cross ways, so it was longer from corner to corner than just straight on,” he said.

Folks from all over came to help celebrate this past weekend.

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