May 10, 2016 WURST CHALLENGE III Announced for Sunday, May 22 in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Sausage-Loving Philanthropists Square Off to Take on 20-Foot Bratwursts for a Good Cause.

FLY Children’s Art Center, in corporation with the Wurst BarLagunitas Brewing Company and Mark Maynard.com, will host the third annual Wurst Challenge on May 22, 2016. The event, a fundraiser for FLY’s Creativity Lab in downtown Ypsilanti, will pit sausage-loving philanthropists (including local luminaries such as Wurst Challenge I winner Jason “Knifebeard SausageHawkYoungs) against an imposing 20 feet of delicious, freshly made bratwurst. 

Each challenger will be seeking community financial support through the FLY Children’s Art Center website, with proceeds going toward the expansion of FLY’s ongoing creativity education initiatives in downtown Ypsilanti.

“FLY packs quality creative experiences into children’s minds the same way that we pack quality meats into an all natural casing,” said Jesse Kranyak, the owner of Ypsilanti’s Wurst Bar, who will be serving up the two-story tall bratwursts.

"It took thousands of scientists and millions of dollars to put a man on the moon. What we accomplished when we launched the Wurst Challenge, I think, was more significant," says event coordinator Mark Maynard. "With only a skeleton crew, and not a dollar of taxpayer money, we created not one, but ten 20-foot-long sausages. No one thought that a small group of Ypsilantians could succeed where so many renowned sausage scientists had failed, but we did it. And, yes, in spite of the press coverage, and the fact that we've now done it twice, some people still don't believe it."

Mark Maynard

Event Coordinator

On May 22, starting at 6:00 PM, each challenger will be served a 20 foot long bratwurst, which he or she will attempt to consume in its entirety, in hopes of defeating the likes of Jason "Knifebeard SausageHawk" Youngs, the winner of the first Wurst Challenge, who will be returning in hopes of regaining his title. The Wurst Bar has generously offered to donate “10 cents an inch” to FLY for all sausage consumed by the panel of challengers. In addition, challengers will use social media to raise funds from friends and supporters. [Doors will open at 5:00 PM.]

Prizes will be awarded to the challenger who raises the most money, the one who consumes the most bratwurst, and the “audience favorite”—the individual to attack his or her brat with the greatest sense of style. Among other things, winners in each area will win a trophy constructed by Kyte Metalwerks. [The trophy for “audience favorite” can be seen below.]

“Last year’s event was incredible, and we’re excited to see it happen again,” said Linette Lao, a board member of FLY. “The funds raised will go to offer scholarships, grow our outreach in local schools, and to sustain our Creativity Lab, which is becoming a destination in Ypsilanti and attracting kids from across southeast Michigan. The Wurst Challenge is our biggest annual fundraiser, and the funds we raise between now and May 22 will allow us to offer innovative camps and workshops where young people can discover, play, invent and develop self-confidence.” 

Cre Fuller, one of the first to accept the challenge this year, had the following to say when asked why he’d signed on. “I’m overjoyed at the prospect of eating large amounts of delicious sausage from the Wurst Bar for a good cause. As an artist, Fly Children’s Art Center means a lot to me. And, I can think of no better way to support it, as I love eating sausage almost as much as I love art education,” he said. He went on to say that it’s not all glamour. “The scope of this event, the brevity, the sheer gastronomical weight of it all weighs heavy on the brow of the contenders,” he says in a moment of seriousness. 

Those not directly participating in the Wurst Challenge, are encouraged to attend to cheer on their favorite participants, and enjoy what promises to be an awesome event for sausage eaters and non-sausage eaters alike. [The Wurst Bar will provide tofu apple bratwursts for non-carnivores.]

“It took thousands of scientists and millions of dollars to put a man on the moon. What we accomplished when we launched the Wurst Challenge, I think, was more significant,” says event coordinator Mark Maynard. “With only a skeleton crew, and not a dollar of taxpayer money, we created not one, but ten 20-foot-long sausages. No one thought that a small group of Ypsilantians could succeed where so many renowned sausage scientists had failed, but we did it. And, yes, in spite of the press coverage, and the fact that we’ve now done it twice, some people still don’t believe it. Some still claim that it was an illusion. And that, in part, is why we’ve decided to go back and attempt it one more time. We want to prove to the doubters that it wasn’t a fluke, or a trick – that we really do have the technology, the intellect, and the courage to create sausages four times longer than the human intestine.”

In addition to everything else, Lagunitas Brewing will be donating proceeds from the sales of their Undercover Shutdown Investigation Ale. during the event to support FLY.

Kurt Anschuetz, the captain of Team Smoot, which has placed in both the international Rock Paper Scissors championship in Toronto, and the International Dreidel Spinning championship in Brooklyn, New York, had the following to say about their participation in the Wurst Challenge. “Members of Team Smoot love FLY, and we fully support their mission in the community. That’s why, each year, we put forward one of our members to compete. We were very happy to have won last year, but we feel even better about the funds we’ve raised for FLY. Last year, in addition to raising the most money in pledges, we also took the opportunity to sell beard oil at the event, giving those proceeds to FLY as well. And, this year, we intend to go one step further by selling corporate sponsorships, and having our challenger show up in an NASCAR-like jumpsuit, displaying the logos of the companies that have backed our team in the Wurst Challenge.” 

For information on how to sign up for the Wurst Challenge, or to contribute on behalf of an existing participant, visit the FLY website.

If you would like to enter the competition yourself, it’s not too late. Just fill out the entry form, and start asking your friends, family and co-workers to back you. The ten contestants raising the most in the way of donations will then move forward to the challenge itself.

ABOUT FLY:
FLY Children’s Art Center believes that the ability to solve problems with creativity fuels a healthy community and enables kids to build bright futures. Since 2009, FLY has provided hundreds of kids with powerful, hands-on, creative experiences in free after-school workshops across Washtenaw and Wayne counties. The FLY Creativity Lab, (76 N. Huron Street in downtown Ypsilanti, inside the Riverside Arts Center) launched in 2013, brings interdisciplinary workshops, camps and events to area youth.

Source: The Wurst Bar & FLY Children's Art Center


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