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A day to remember in Prescott

The Budweiser Clydedales make a stop to have their picture taken with the 150-foot-bratwurst Monday at Ptacek's IGA. 5 / 12
What the 12-foot apple pie looked like after being in an oven for two-and-a-half hours. The pie was made by the Prescott Lions Club as their fundraiser. 6 / 12
The crowd patiently waiting for the Clydesdales to be unloaded from the semis. 7 / 12
The grill for the 150-foot bratwurst.8 / 12
Ptacek's IGA owner Mike Ptacek got a brief ride on the wagon. Sitting in his lap is "Clyde", a Dalmatian. 9 / 12
Dozens in the crowd waiting to get a sampling of the world record bratwurst. 10 / 12
Two Minnesota Vikings cheerleaders also showed up to get their pictures taken with lucky fans. 11 / 12
The deep fried cheese curds booth was busy throughout the entire celebration. 12 / 12

It was of all things, an innoncent conversation that led to thousands of people filling Ptacek's IGA parking lot Monday. 

Manager Pat Ptacek was at a meeting in Chicago when he was talking about his hometown of Prescott and how much the community has helped his family over the years.

One of the people in the conversation, Ptacek didn't know it at the time, was Rick Nechio, director of retail development for Budweiser.

"I was inspired by his generosity and sincereity," Nechio said. "Especially, when he said I want give back to the community."

And when Ptacek explained about last year's brat the grocery store made (52 feet-2 inches), along with his dream for a new park in Prescott, Nechio started thinking. 

"I knew the Clydesdale's hitch was 60 feet," Nechio continued. Eventually, Nechio told Ptacek's he could get the Clydesdales to Prescott to raise funds for the park. One thing led to another, and a 150-foot-bratwurst was added to the plans as well. Soon, it turned into a celebration planned for Labor Day, marked by food, drink and kids' games, but without question, the highllight of the day for many were the Budweiser Clydesdales. 

For more please read the Sept. 4 print version of the Herald. 

Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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