Publicity stunt events cooked up by companies’ PR departments usually don’t excite me, but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to see a 7-foot-tall bucket of chicken Tuesday in Louisville.
KFC, a division of Louisville-based Yum! Brands, marked the 70th anniversary of founder Colonel Harland Sanders’ finger-lickin’ good secret original recipe of 11 herbs and spices by trying to reclaim the Guinness World Record for largest single serving of fried chicken.
The record was formerly held by a KFC in Kuwait, but it was unofficially broken July 2 at Canoefest in Brookville, Ind., with 1,654 lbs. served up in — wait for it — a canoe.
KFC set their sights on an even ton, but spokesman Ryan Eichler said they ended up with over 2,400 lbs. of fried goodness. I’d hoped for an exact piece count and more accurate tonnage information, but it wasn’t readily available at the time.
I got there late due to an aircraft carrier-sized farm implement almost completely blocking both lanes of Kentucky Highway 80 for the first half hour of my journey, but it looked like there wasn’t exactly a large media throng to compete with. AP just ran with a handout shot by Louisville-based freelancer Brian Bohannon and The Courier-Journal doesn’t seem to have even run anything.
I started to not even go, but I kept thinking “Y’know, a 7-foot bucket of chicken on the 70th anniversary of The Colonel’s secret recipe is just bizarre enough that it might be interesting.” And it was!