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It's big. It's red, white and blue. It towers 170 feet high above Illinois Route 159 on skinny steel legs. It's a loopy landmark, a monument to a defunct catsup factory in Collinsville, Illinois, built in 1949 as a water tower for fire protection. Now it's the World's Largest Catsup Bottle, and it's a beauty.

Although everybody says "ketchup" here, they spell it "catsup" because that's what's on the big bottle:"Brooks Old Original Catsup It's the tangy-est!"

Right: Judy "The Catsup Bottle
Lady" DeMoisy and Mike
"The Big Tomato" Gassman

In 2003 at the Summerfest (officially known as the 5th Annual Downtown Collinsville Summerfest World's Largest Catsup Bottle Birthday Party! Custom and Classic Car and Truck Show), we were beastly hot and astounded at all the old-fashioned fun and activities that made the town seem like the center of the universe that day. Judy "The Catsup Bottle Lady" DeMoisy and Mike "The Big Tomato" Gassman obviously know how to get people excited, keep them committed to the cause, and bring a town together for a really good time. We need more people like them in towns across America.

Judy's favorite view of the
catsup bottle is from the
nearby cemetery.

 

KEEP GOING!

 

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THE WORLD'S
LARGEST CATSUP BOTTLE

P.O. Box 1108
Collinsville, Illinois


618-345-5598

 


 

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