800 S. Morrison Ave., Collinsville, IL, 62234 / Cake artist: Julie Krovicka
At the southern tip of Collinsville (and Madison County) is the ‘world’s largest catsup bottle’! The legs holding the 70 ft. tall bottle are 170 feet long. It was constructed in 1949 as a water tower for the now-defunct Brooks Catsup Company. Brooks Foods would later re-locate to Mount Summit, Indiana in the late -1970s. Over the years, the bottle faded, but by 1995 several volunteers gathered to raised money and restore the bottle. The ‘new’ bottle is modeled after an original 1949 Brooks Catsup bottle. The city of Collinsville has been hosting its own ‘Catsup Bottle Festival’ every year since 1997 (first year was known as ‘Catsup Bottle Appreciation Day’), at different places.
On July 22, 2014, the catsup bottle was listed for sale at half a million dollars.
Cake placement date: March 18
Where is the cake now?: It still sits underneath the bottle. The Catsup Bottle’s spokesman, Mike ‘Big Tomato’, said they will be indeed keeping it as they are proud of their cake. They plan to display it at future ketchup-related events this year and they hope to place it in a future museum devoted to the Catsup Bottle. (October 2017)
Notes: Many historical signs stand out on the cake. According to its artist, Julie Krovicka, ‘It was meant to be a nod to some of the cool vintage signs in the St. Louis area. The majorette sign is on St. Charles Rock Road, Switzers was painted on an old building on the Landing, Pevely Dairy was on Grand Ave. and the old Vess bottle is downtown’. Some of the signs were (and still are) on old Route 66, as some cakers believed the cake was about old Route 66 establishments.