The final weight of the massive meatball came rolling in at a staggering 1110.5 pounds. The meatball, which took almost three days to cook, was verified by several onsite official witnesses at the Columbus Italian Festival on October 8, 2011.
“The real winners of our success will be the recipients of our scholarship fund,” stated Chris Beardman, World’s Largest Meatball Attempt Chairman and CIC Past President. “We cannot thank our sponsors enough who have pledged their support to this event and ultimately our deserving students.”
A German group who set the record by ultimately cooking the meat in a flat-like vessel held the prior world record of 749.5 pounds. The CIC used a rounded vessel, which was housed in a handcrafted oven made of stainless steel, and included faux bricks, stucco, and a viewing window.
The CIC attained the World’s Largest Meatball record on Columbus Day Weekend – the holiday named after Christopher Columbus, for whom Ohio’s capital city is named. And to sweeten the pot even more, the starting weight of the raw meatball was 1,492 pounds.
“When Columbus sailed the ocean blue in 1492, he had no idea how significant that number would be to the Columbus Italian Club and their World’s Largest Meatball Record,” said Beardman. “We’re proud to have achieved this record for our members, our city, and our scholarship recipients.”
The St. John’s Columbus Italian Festival is ecstatic with the overwhelming support and the excitement this has generated in the Columbus community along with record attendance for their annual event.
Patrons clamored around the meatball and oven that were on display for viewing and picture taking during the three-day festival. Next, the CIC will be gathering all documentation, photos, and video evidence to send to Guinness World Records for official certification. All proceeds benefit the Columbus Italian Club’s 501(c)3 Education Assistance Scholarship Fund.
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About the CIC
The Columbus Italian Club (CIC) is a fraternal organization whose mission is to promote and preserve Italian culture and heritage in the Italian-American community. CIC works closely with the Columbus Italian Club Education Assistance Corp., a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) charitable entity that assists students in furthering their educational endeavors.