Instead, that prestigious title belongs to the city of Horace, North Dakota, which set the current record in 2002 with a 350-gallon pot of musical fruit. Horace has been tooting its horn about that record ever since.
The city of Bean Station is determined to blow away that record with a 600-gallon pot. Problem is, they need money. Though Bush Brothers Beans has offered to donate 1,200 pounds of dry pinto beans, the city must fund construction of the six-foot diameter pot to cook them in. It will cost an estimated $8,000, a fartune for a small town budget.
Last week, the city silently released a cry for help, asking other Tennessee towns to support its efforts. Bean Station is looking for sponsors, whose company logos will be displayed prominently on a banner near the record-setting pot.
After the beans are baked, a senior citizens group will sell bowls of beans with cornbread, commemorative tee-shirts, and nose-plugs. Okay, we're kidding about the nose-plugs.
For more information about what's bean done, or to join the smellabration or sign up as a sponsor, go to the Bean Station website.