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Wurst Challenge Exceeds Expectations for FLY Children's Art Center

Mar 20, 2014

Some stomachs may be hurting this morning, but the FLY Children’s Art Center is in a better position thanks to the first ever Wurst Challenge at Ypsilanti’s Wurst bar. 

A 20 foot bratwurst used in the Wurst Challenge.
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Officials with the art center originally hoped to raise about $2,500 through the Wurst Challenge, but brought in almost $6,000 before the first 20 foot long sausage was even served.

EMU President Susan Martin and some of her sausage eating advisors.
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Eastern Michigan University President Susan Martin and a team from the university, Mayor Paul Schreiber, and 10 others took on 20 foot long sausages for charity with the Wurst Bar donating 10 cents for every inch of sausage eaten. 

Ypsilanti Mayor Paul Schreiber shows off his plate after getting help to finish his sausage first.
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Cre “Captain Pork Link” Fuller used the strategy of using a lot of hot sauce, but was afraid he was in last place because of it.  Still he was happy to participate and said they tasted great.

The FLY Children’s Art Center presents classes for kids of various ages in their downtown Ypsilanti facility, as well as in schools and community centers through their mobile art center.  

Click for more information on the FLY Children's Art Center.

Mark Maynard who helped create the Wurst Challenge talks with "The Brat Slaughterer" Justin O'Neill
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Nom Selleck, Magnum B.I. (Bratwurst Ingester) takes on a 20 foot brat in the Wurst Challenge.
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— Andrew Cluley is the Ann Arbor beat reporter, and anchor for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him acluley@emich.edu.