HANNIBAL | Hannibalians proved they wanted to celebrate the city's bicentennial in a huge way on Saturday, Dec. 14, by gathering along North Main Street to simultaneously eat 1,889 cupcakes.
Although this Guinness record-breaking dessert contest will not be officially won until records have been provided to the Guinness personnel, with 1,889 tokens distributed, then exchanged for cupcakes and all eaten at 7 p.m., this broke the previous record of 1,558 cupcakes eaten at one time and place.
“It is a success, but we can't declare it official yet,” Gail Bryant, leader of the bicentennial committee, said. She explained the Hannibal Area Chamber of Commerce, which coordinated the cupcake challenge, “will send all the documents and videos to validate participation” to the Guinness organization.
The cupcake challenge was scheduled Dec. 14 in conjunction with the Living Windows sponsored by the Historic Hannibal Marketing Council, Bryant said, because this event is always very popular.
“Overall, the evening was a huge success,” she said. “Visitors from Germany, Illinois, Kansas, and all throughout Missouri came to share in the Living Windows and the cupcake challenge. … A very, very special thanks to everyone who came out for the event.”
Bryant added “a special thanks to the downtown merchants, the chamber of commerce, the bicentennial committee and all of the volunteers that made this event successful.”
More details about the cupcake challenge and Living Windows will be provided later.