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World's Largest Catsup Bottle Festival Marks the Historic Landmark's 66th Birthday
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The rain took a break on Sunday July 12th, 2015, to give the citizens of Collinsville and the Route 66 community an opportunity to celebrate the 66th birthday of the World's Largest Catsup Bottle - a member of the Route 66 Association of Illinois Hall of Fame and also listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The giant Brooks Catsup Bottle was restored in the late 90s, and remains a beautiful photo opportunity along the road. This icon has generated it's own fan club and it's own festival for the last 17 years.
Catsup Festival
Catsup Festival
Despite the 95 degree heat, the crowds were large for the event at it' new location at Woodlawn Park, with a great selection of classic cars on display, and well organized activities for the kids. The catsup (or ketchup as some call it) theme was all around, including an opportunity for a selfie. There was a catsup taste test, a hot dogs smothered in catsup eating contest, and the popular Little Princess Tomato  & Sir Catsup contest, among the many activities.
Catsup Festival
Catsup Festival
Geoff takes a Selfie on 66 at the event!
The festival was anchored by an outstanding car show by the Cruzin' In Antiques Antique Car Club, including not only vintage cars and trucks, but also the "Shock Top" bright orange VW bug with a mohawk hairdo, and the "Back to the Future" movie car. There were over 50 sponsors for this great event, and I had a great time - it was nice to not get rained on and enjoy the sunshine and great classic vehicles.
Catsup Festival
Catsup Festival
The day would not be complete without getting a few new photos of the Brooks World's Largest Catsup Bottle while in town. The lighting was great, the sun was out, and it was a perfect opportunity to get some new photos of this classic icon. Though this landmark is now for sale, in talking with local residents, they are certain it will remain in Collinsville as it has for 66 years!
Catsup Festival
Story and Photos by Geoff Ladd for Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway
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Catsup Festival
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