The Fourth of July festivities kicked off in New Bern with Tommy Moore and his team creating a Guinness World Record – Largest Barbeque Bun. The bun weighed in at 1,336 pounds and fed more than 2,000 people!
NC Governor Beverly Perdue, NC Representative Alice Underhill, New Bern’s Mayor Lee Bettis, Thomas Jefferson (reenacted), Nelson McDaniel, and Linda Staunch, were some of New Bern’s notable figures to join in the festivities.
Tommy Moore and his crew worked vigorously as they topped the bun with barbeque and coleslaw to have it ready to serve the huge crowd.
After the Bun’s final measurements and weight was determined, Governor Perdue served the first BBQ plates to the US Marines and Sailors patiently waiting in line for this famous BBQ. Marines representing Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point were Lance Corporal (LCpl) Michael Barnett of Valdosta, GA; LCPL Danny Mata of Escondido, CA; Corporal (Cpl) Robert Thomas of Bridgeport, OH; Cpl George Warner of Buffalo, NY; Sergeant (Sgt) James Fairchild of Willspoint, TX; Sgt Carolos Cazares of Brooklyn, NY; and Staff Sergeant Patrick Shaw of Lanpassas, TX. Hospital Apprentice Brandon Whitey of Webberville, MI and Hospital Corpsman Third Class Adam Zani of Syracuse, NY represented Naval Health Clinic Cherry Point. Gunnery Sergeant Stephen Digirolamo represented Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune.
What a fantastic day for Moore’s Olde Tyme Barbeque and the people of New Bern during our 300th Anniversary Year! The Sailors and Marines were proud to be part of this historic event. It was truly an Independence Day that will go down in the history of New Bern, NC!
Congratulations, Tommy Moore, and his hard working team (family, friends, and employees) along with his Marketing and Public Relations Director, Betty Thomas, for accomplishing this tremendous feat!
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