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News and Information Archive : 1997

Date: January 1997
  • The Catsup Bottle is listed on a promotional "See America" map by Nissan Corporation. Nissan's Road Map to Life features information about its vehicle line up as well as 2-lane U.S. highways and tourist attractions. Thanks, Nissan, we enjoyed the ride.

Date: May 17, 1997
  • Two years after the monumental restoration job was completed, the World's Largest Catsup Bottle continues to lure tourists and locals with its charm. On Saturday, May 17, 1997, during National Historic Preservation Week, the Downtown Collinsville revitalization office hosts "Catsup Bottle Celebration Day." The first of its kind, this event would eventually evolve into the "Catsup Bottle Birthday Bash" and then the "World's Largest Catsup Bottle Summerfest." 

Date: June 19, 1997
  • A crew from the cable TV network Family Channel made a stop in Collinsville during their summer-long cross-country road trip. They were here at the Catsup Bottle to video tape two segments of the travel series "Postcards from the Road." The large group of residents that met with the film crew would see themselves on TV all summer long declaring the tour slogan: "You ain't seen summer yet!" The spots were used as introductions to the "Shop 'Til You Drop" and "Home and Family" programs. Steve Gilreath, producer of the series, said, "We've been to a lot of places and this is our greatest stop yet!" The visit was coordinated through the Downtown Collinsville revitalization office.

Date: December 6, 1997
  • Atlas Media of New York produces a 2-hour special titled "Highway Hangouts - Celebrating America's Roadside Attractions." The program airs for the first time on December 6, 1997, on cable TV's History Channel. Not only did it feature still photo footage of the Catsup Bottle, but it also highlighted Wade McCormick singing his "Catsup Bottle Song." Other local musicians, Steve Koritta, Fred Clark, and Bob, supplied music for the piece as well.

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