Wash. merchants to break au gratin dish record

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MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) -- Merchants in Mount Vernon, Wash., believe they've smashed the Guinness World Record Saturday for the world's largest dish of potatoes au gratin, and they have the empty 80-foot long by 8-foot wide pan to prove it.

Thousands showed up Saturday to help watch and eat a dish made of 15,000 pounds of red potatoes, 400 pounds of cheese, 100 pounds of diced onions, 50 pounds of garlic and 200 gallons of cream. All the ingredients were grown locally.

The Bellingham Herald says (http://bit.ly/n75jpV ) the estimated weight of the dish was 16,000 pounds, or nearly double the current world record set in France.

Organizer Karin Springer said Sunday she feels confident the dish broke all records.

The Mount Vernon Downtown Merchants Association organized the event.

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Information from: The Bellingham Herald, http://www.bellinghamherald.com