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  • Local eateries prepare for world's largest omelet attempt

  • Preparations are under way at Crazy Otto’s Empire Diner to make the world’s largest omelet this weekend. 

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  • Preparations are under way at Crazy Otto’s Empire Diner to make the world’s largest omelet this weekend.  
    “Everything’s coming together,” said Scott Tranter Wednesday afternoon. Tranter co-owns the diner and The Diner Wizard. He said a tractor-trailer will arrive Friday with supplies for the event, including the ingredients. Construction of the 2,500 square-foot omelet will begin 6 a.m. Saturday in front of the diner on Albany Street and will go until 3 p.m. The event will include raffles to help raise money for local charities.
    The omelet will be cooked on 14 propane-powered grills and will be constructed on 110 tables. It will then be made to look like a pool table. Ingredients will include 45,000 eggs, 150 pounds of butter, 100 gallons of milk and 200 pounds of cheese. Once the event is over, the omelet will be given to local pig farmers to use as feed for their animals so the food is not wasted.
    Nearly 300 volunteers will be participating in the event to crack and grill the eggs and to sell T-shirts and raffle tickets.
    “We’ll need as many volunteers as we can get,” he said.
    The original plan was to convert the omelet into an American flag using food coloring and other ingredients. Tranter said they changed their minds and will instead turn it into a large pool table. To make it look like a pool table, they will use blue food coloring and fish netting and hula hoops for the pockets. Broomsticks and beach balls will be used as cue stick and billiard balls. For $1, people can take a shot on the omelet pool table.
    Officials from Ripley’s Believe it or Not! will be on hand to survey the event. Tranter said if the paperwork is submitted in August, they will likely make the 2011 hard-cover edition of Ripley’s Believe it or Not!  “They want to do it as a ‘then and now’ story,” he said.
    The Tranters first broke the record for largest omelet on Jun. 12, 1993, in California at 1,364 square-feet. The record was broken by 20 square-feet in Japan shortly thereafter. Crazy Otto’s reclaimed the record in 2002 by making a 1,854.9 square-foot omelet, converting the omelet into an American flag design, making national and world news.
    The event will coincide with the General Herkimer Days this weekend, which start Friday with a block party at Stoney’s Tavern and end with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra concert in Myers Park. Also at the event will be The American Pool Association with merchandising booths.
    Raffles for the event started earlier this year including a Polaris Sportsman 500 giveaway and a pool table giveaway in May. The last raffle for the event is a grand prize of a pool table, a trip to Atlantic City including hotel and airfare for two, and third place is $250 in cash. Tickets are $5 each or $10 for three. The drawing will be held at the event. Tickets will be available for purchase up to the time of the drawing. They can be purchased at local Herkimer merchants and online at www.worldslargestomelette.com.  
    Page 2 of 2 - Tranter said organizers have raised about $7,000, but hope to raise nearly $50,000 to donate to local charities. The Salvation Army will receive 50 percent of the donations raised, Herkimer ARC will receive 20 percent, the YWCA and the Women’s Children’s Advocacy Center will receive 15 percent, the Food Pantry of Herkimer and the Salvation Army Food Pantry in Herkimer will receive 10 percent, and the Herkimer County Humane Society and HALO Program will receive 5 percent.
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