Friday, January 1, 2010
2009 was a big year for the World's Largest Catsup Bottle.
Its 60th birthday was
celebrated at the annual festival held in July.
The attendance was fantastic! Click here to check out the photo
Also in 2009, the Catsup Bottle was cleaned up and
repainted. Many, many thanks go out to Bethel-Eckert
Enterprises and Reinneck
for getting the job done! Click
check out the
February 18, 2010 Go
KAHOKS! The Collinsville High School girls bowling team
won the Illinois state championship! It's the first girls championship
in Collinsville history. Team member Frannie Steiner finished as the
highest-scoring bowler in the state, and the team bowled the highest
number of pins in state championship history.
Congratulations to everyone! This is a huge deal for the
community... ... this cartoon
even appeared in the local newspaper... (It's tough to see the Catsup
Bottle on the ground like that, but we love this cartoon!!!!)
Sunday, March 21, 2010
to the Catsup Bottle an enthusiastic group
from Northern Illinois University. Jo Burke of the NIU Art Museum put
together a "St. Louis
Overnight Pop Culture Extravaganza" tour that included a stop here in
Collinsville. It was a brief visit, but a lot of fun. Thanks a bunch to
NIU! Click here to see the photos!
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
evening we received a visit from Sacramento, California-based, Waterline Entertainment.
This small yet very productive production
company is putting together a feature-length documentary titled Route
66: America's Main Street. The two Mikes (Gassmann and Prosser),
with Katie Gassmann and Derrick Wilde, had a great time discussing
Route 66, classic cars, and the Catsup Bottle with producer/director
Anthony "Grimace" Boyer and videographer Drew McCamley. The real star
of the show though...? Prosser's sweeeet 1920s street rod!! Check out the photos here!
May 4, 2010
we did a quick little phone interview with Stephene Russell, the
Culture/Calendar editor of St. Louis
Magazine. The annual Catsup
is always listing in the calendar section for the summer, but this time
it will be the featured lead event for the section and include a
photograph. Look for it on newstands in late June!
Friday, May 14, 2010
is INSANELY cool. We learned today that TIME magazine has named the World's
Largest Catsup Bottle Festival as one of its "Top
The Catsup Bottle Fest ranks right up there with the Coney
Island Mermaid Parade, the Roswell New Mexico UFO Festival, and Fruita,
Colorado's Mike the Headless Chicken Festival. TIME included an
international flair with the Cheese-Rolling Fest in England, the
Baby-Jumping Fest in Spain, and the Naked Festival in Okayama, Japan.
(The next Catsup Bottle
Fest is Sunday, July 11, 2010.)
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
go out to the Collinsville Suburban
Journal for a quick mention in the Business section (click here) regarding TIME
magazine naming the
Bottle Fest as a "Quirky Top 10." Thanks!
June 3, 2010
two Walgreens locations in
Collinsville now carry official Catsup
Bottle merchandise. The stores are at 401 Beltline Road and 1190
Collinsville Crossing. Stop in and check out the great display! (or
order online here.)
Saturday, June 12, 2010
annual motor tour for the Route 66
Association of Illinois visited the
Largest Catsup Bottle and it was a big success! It was fun seeing
friends you see once a year! We even had an appearance from Trinity
Pfalzgraf, 2009 Linda Princess Tomato, and the
1929 Kahok Purple Hot Rod! Click here for the photo
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
so... you just never know what's going to be happening at the Catsup
Bottle. As we drove by late this afternoon, we quite unexpectedly
discovered a giant french fry there on the side of the road hitch
hiking. Hmmmmm... ... photos and
a full story are right here.
Check it out, if you dare...
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
diehard fans of the Twilight
saga movie series know, the premier of "Eclipse"
took place at 12:01 this morning. We were fully aware of that fact as
there are more than a couple Twilight fangirls here at Catsup Bottle
Central Command Headquarters.
What we were NOT
aware of until 12:26 this
morning, was that the World's Largest
Catsup Bottle is mentioned about 20 minutes into the film!
Amazing. The entire theater went nuts! That's a surprise of Biblical
Once again we have to say... "Ya just never know!"
Sunday, July 11, 2010
12th annual World's Largest Catsup
Bottle Birthday Party & Car Show was a huge success. Bigger
and better than ever! We're going to take a few days off to catch our
breath, relax a little, and get reorganized. We'll try to get photo
galleries and more information updated at www.catsupbottlefestival.com
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Madison County Suburban Journal
(Collinsville Herald) started a weekly feature to profile an
interesting person each week for 13 weeks. Each profile consisted of 13 questions.
Last week was Ann Callis, chief judge of the 3rd Circuit Court. This
week... the Big Tomato from Catsup
Bottle HQ?!?! ... yes sir. Pretty funny questions and answers
can be found by clicking
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
best buddy and artist extraordinaire, Erika Nelson, appeared on "Conan" with part of her World's
Largest Collection of the World's Smallest Versions of the World's Largest Things.
Right off the bat, very first thing, she talks about the Catsup Bottle.
Oh, yeah. Enjoy.