|Date: January 8, 2007
• The Governor's "Celebrate! Illinois 2007" Inaugural
Ball Includes the World's Largest Catsup Bottle! The major social event held the evening of Governor
Rod's second-term inauguration, showcased unique communities,
traditions, and culture of Illinois.
When Collinsville City Councilman Joy Springer attended the Governor's Inaugural Ball in
Springfield, she had no idea a little bit of home would be
there to greet her.
"I walked into the Ball and there on the State of Illinois
the Catsup Bottle," Springer said. "How cool is that?"
Get the complete story here!
Date: January 23, 2007
• The Illinois Bureau of Tourism included the Catsup
Bottle in its Offbeat Illinois retro poster
campaign back in July of 2006.
Wally Spiers, our favorite columnist from the Belleville
News-Democrat, admittedly a bit behind of the times, writes a great
article about the poster.
Get the complete story here!
Date: February 1, 2007
• We officially announce that the ninth annual World's Largest
Catsup Bottle Summerfest will be held Sunday, July 8, 2007.
Date: February 8, 2007
• The Illinois Bureau of Tourism
launched the "Seven Wonders of
Illinois" promotion. Nominees
are placed online and put into
"March Madness"-style brackets for each of seven
• Vote for the Catsup
Bottle to win it all starting
March 5! The tourism bureau will
announce one winner for each
region on April 30, along with
themed travel packages and downloadable videos!
• The Catsup Bottle is being mentioned a lot in the press because of the great "Seven
Wonders of Illinois" campaign. This time, it's courtesy of Mandy St. Amand of the St. Louis
Post-Dispatch. It seems to be popping up on every TV station from
Chicago to St. Louis as well. We love it!
• The Chicago Tribune,
the Chicago Sun-Times, the Southern Illinoisan, and the LaSalle News-Tribune
all include a story about the "Seven Wonders" campaign! But for some
reason, the Sun-Times doesn't mention the Catsup Bottle... and the
News-Tribune says the Catsup Bottle would be the "silliest" example of
a wonder. Hmmmm, we're going to pretend we didn't hear that.
Date: February 27, 2007
• We just never know what we'll get when we check our
email. Here's a great letter we received
this morning. It's amazing to hear these stories about how much the
Catsup Bottle really means to people! Check
Date: February 28 - March 2, 2007
• A "Seven Wonders of Illinois" article by Chad Morelli
of the Collinsville Herald
appears in Wednesday's local paper with great photos and a couple of
brief comments from
Judy DeMoisy. The piece also runs on different days in many of the
other Suburban Journals
around the region.
Date: March 5,
It's March Madness Time!
• The much-anticipated voting for the "Seven Wonders of Illinois"
has begun! March Madness-type brackets have been set up to determine
the winners! As we all like to say around these parts: Vote
Early and Vote Often!
Today we received
a call from a wonderful lady by the name of Wendy Gray. She was
in the middle of making her favorite
spaghetti sauce and suddenly realized she was out of Brooks
ketchup! She then emailed and shared her recipe and her great family
World's Largest Catsup Bottle has made it into the Final Four of the
Southwest Region in the "Seven Wonders of Illinois" campaign from the
Illinois Department of Tourism. Columnist Mandy
St. Amand of
the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, had a fantastic piece in the paper today.
We stopped in at Bert's
Chuckwagon for some BBQ today and owner Roger Conner shared at
great story with us.
He recently had a great conversation with a couple who was
traveling from Memphis to the Quad Cities. They saw the little red dot
on their map indicating the World's Largest Catsup Bottle and decided
to check it out. They loved their visit to the Bottle and then saw
Bert's and stopped in for lunch and had a fantastic time!
It's the little things like this that keep us going,
Date: March 26, 2007
• Today we learned
the Catsup Bottle was squeeeezed out of the running for the "Seven
Wonders of Illinois" campaign. Still, the voting
continues, and we throw our full support behind Cahokia Mounds World
We received a call
today from Scot England of WAND-TV
Channel 17 in Decatur, Illinois. He and his crew will be visiting
the Catsup Bottle bright and early on Thursday, May 3. We'll be
live spots with him beginning at 6:00 am. Come on down and say "Hi!"
and maybe get on TV throughout central Illinois!
Just got off the
phone from taping an interview with KMOX
radio (AM 1120) in St. Louis. The station wanted a couple of sound
bites as the Illinois Bureau of Tourism will release the names
of the winners in the "Seven
Wonders of Illinois"
campaign on Monday, April 30. (The Catsup Bottle made it to the Final
Four in the Southwestern region.) Listen for the piece to air sometime
Thursday, May 3,
Scot England and
the morning news crew from the NBC
affiliate in Decatur, Illinois, WAND
Channel 17, visited the Catsup Bottle doing
their version of "Where in the world is Matt Lauer." We were set up and
ready to go in the pre-dawn hour and did
live spots with him beginning at 6:00 am. We even had a visit from the 2006
Little Sir Catsup, Dylan Phegley!
After the live spots ended at 7:00 we taped a few extra pieces that
were going to be put together for the 5:00 news. Take a look at the
photos from that morning right
A couple of months
ago we were contacted by Paul J. Ritter, III. His
great-great-grandfather started the P.J. Ritter Company, based
in New Jersey. P.J. Ritter merged with the Suppiger/Brooks Company in
Brooks Foods was a subsidiary of Ritter when the company was
purchased in 1967 by Rochester, New York-based Curtice-Burns.
Curtice-Burns eventually became Agrilink Foods and Agrilink became
Birds Eye Foods, Inc. Today, Birds Eye Foods owns the brand name and
continues to produce "Brooks Finer Foods".
Mr. Ritter was kind enough to share with us quite a few
historical company photos including personnel, equipment, operations,
and various plants. We sincerely appreciate his effort and can't thank
him enough!! We finally got the picture posted to our web site.
enjoy a trip down Memory Lane with the fantastic Ritter
Wednesday, May 9,
Each spring the 8th graders at Good Shepherd
Lutheran School in Collinsville have their "Bigger
Than Life" art projects to do. You know how we love "BIG"
things here at the World's Largest Catsup Bottle Central Command
Headquarters! (Hey wait a minute - why didn't anyone make a giant
We were able to snap a few photos one afternoon while some of
the projects were on display in the hallways at school. Click here to check 'em out!
Monday, May 21,
It is with a
heavy heart that we must report the World's
Largest Catsup Bottle Summerfest Birthday Party & Car Show Bash will
not take place this year.
Catsup Bottle Fan Club, organizers of
the Summerfest, were unable to agree to the terms of the contract
forced upon them by the City of Collinsville. After 8 years of
independent success, a new city administration attempted a hostile
unfortunately the festival couldn't survive.
It's a lurid
tale of greed, money, power and politics that we'd all just soon
Today we got
a nice email from Melissa Jones of the Community Resource Group
requesting a Catsup Bottle photo to use in their fundraiser calendar.
The CRG is a nonprofit organization that helps rural communities with
projects concerning their H2O needs. Take a look at WaterTrust.org and click
on the "Just for Fun"
link to find a slew of wild water towers from across the country!
thank you goes out to everyone who stopped by to say "hi"
on July 8. Even though the Big Birthday Bash on Main Street was
cancelled, we thought it would be a good idea to be at the Bottle to
meet and greet folks who came by.
It actually turned out to be a really
fun time as we went ahead and had the 9th annual Catsup Bottle
Summerfest right then and there!
The C.I.A. "Cruzin' In Antiques" Classic Car Club
its annual Car Truck &
Bike Show to benefit the World's Largest Catsup Bottle Fan Club during
the World's Largest Ketchup Packet event held by Son Life Church in
Virginia Steffen and her crew from the PBS station, WILL-TV,
in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, paid us a visit today. She is working on
a documentary featuring the Catsup Bottle. It was a lot of fun even
thought it was really, really HOT!
Plus, it gave
us the chance to see Rod Reinneck again! Rod and his team from Diversified
Coatings in O'Fallon, Illinois, restored and repainted the Catsup
Bottle back in 1995.
No air date has been set, but Virginia tells us to expect
it sometime in the spring. She'll let us know, and we'll let you know! The photo gallery is right here!
Largest Catsup Bottle Summerfest has been named a "Best of St.
Louis 2007 Winner" by the Riverfront Times!
You'll never believe which category we won "The Best Festival Gone
We received a call this morning from the Ellen
Degeneres Show web site producers in New York City. They are
working on the "Ellen Across America - Wish You Were Here"
campaign, and needed some high-quality photos of the Catsup Bottle for
use in a feature story. Of course we were more than happy to oblige!
Everyone please log in to ellen.aol.com
and let them know the Catsup Bottle is your favorite "XXL
and we may just entice them to get us featured on the show!
As the end of the year approaches, we want everyone to
have the chance to get their "Wow! Wild Water
Towers" calendar! It's a fundraiser for the nonprofit Community
Resource Group which helps rural communities with
projects concerning their H2O needs.
Don't miss out! This is the perfect
stocking stuffer for the water tower lover in your family! (... and
don't deny it, you know there is one!)