Courtesy Washington State Potato CommissionVolunteers, including members of the Skagit Red Potato Growers Association, use boat paddles in Mt. Vernon, Wash. Sept. 24 to blend au gratin ingredients, including 15,000 pounds of potatoes. The giant dish set a Guinness World Record.While Washington takes second place to Idaho in production of potatoes, Mt. Vernon, Wash., claims the title of world heavyweight potatoes au gratin champ.
Dozens of volunteers gathered around an 80-foot-long stainless steel pan Sept. 24 to set a new Guinness World Record for the community of about 32,000.
The volunteers used oversized wooden paddles to blend 200 gallons of cream, 400 pounds of cheese, 100 pounds of onions, 50 pounds of garlic and nearly 10 pounds of salt and pepper with 15,000 pounds of potatoes, according to a news release.
“It’s a really cool concept — taking local food and using it to set a world record,” Darrin Morrison, chairman of the Washington State Potato Commission, Moses Lake, said in the release.
Mt. Vernon’s au gratin dish easily broke the old Guinness World Record of 8,400 pounds set in Europe last year, according to the release.
Karin Springer, owner of the Trumpeter Public House restaurant, organized the event to recognize the area’s 10,000 acres of potatoes.
“Skagit Valley has an amazing amount of potatoes,” she said. “It’s our largest crop, and I wanted people to know that.”