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1 Million Cookies?! Bakers Aim to Set a Guiness Book Record

You can join in the fun by adding your own cookies to a gigantic "wedding cookie table!"

We'll admit right off the bat: the tradition of the wedding "cookie table" is kind of a Pittsburgh thing. We love celebrating nuptials with a giant table, loaded with delicious homemade cookies, crafted with love from family recipies by your mom, grandma, aunts, cousins -- pretty much anyone among your friends and family who can bake.

Elaborate cookie tables are a tradition at Pittsburgh weddings. The Wedding Cookie Facebook page

So it's not surprising that a group of Pittsburgh-area bakers are the ones who came up with the idea of setting a Guiness Book record for the largest wedding cookie table on record. Chess Park in the town of Monongahela, Pa., southeast of Pittsburgh will be the place to be on August 11th when they attempt to create a wedding cookie table with 1 million cookies!

"It's just taken off. People are so excited!" Laura Mangone, the organizer of the extravaganza, tells the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. She says people from as far away as Florida, Texas and Oklahoma have registered to bring cookies.

The registration part is important, because the organizers have to make sure they'll have enough. There's a form and even something that has to be notarized to make it possible for the Guiness Book ajudicator to verify the number of cookies on the table. Click here for a complete list of rules -- click on the upper right corner for the entry form. The site also details how to be a part of establishing the record if you can't attend in person, and prizes that will be awarded to the best bakers.

Yinz (Pittsburgh slang) don't have to plate your cookies all fancy if yinz don't want to. Organizers will do it for you. The Wedding Cookie Facebook page

Don't worry if you can't bake. If you like to eat cookies you're also welcome. Once the crucial cookie count is done, you'll be able to buy your own box of goodies, with the money going to the needy. Any cookies left over will be donated to charity.

Five couples (so far) are actually getting married at 2 p.m., right after the cookie table certification. And since the contest is all part of the town of Monongahela's 250th birthday celebration, there are plenty of other activities throughout the weekend, including a parade, street fair, food trucks concerts, fireworks, a Whiskey Rebellion re-enactment, and a 5K. Click here for details .

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