It's Official - According to Guinness World Record's, Smithfield's Ham Biscuit is the World's Largest!
8 feet in width...14 inches tall...500 pounds of Smithfield Ham...a total of 2,200 pounds - the Smithfield Ham Biscuit, which was made during last year's 250th Anniversary Celebration, is the result of a total team effort. Many thanks goes to the Biscuit Team which includes: Roger Case, Jeff Davis, Doug Ellis, Tom Evans, Jimmy Horton, Tony Newby, Forrest Scott, Betty Thomas/Marketing, and Chef Michael Toepper. Kudos also go to Gwaltney of Smithfield, Ltd. for supplying the ham, and Smithfield Foods, Inc. for financing the project. Smithfield was notified on March 21, 2003 that the Smithfield Ham Biscuit has been accepted by Guinness World Records as the World's Largest Ham Biscuit.
In 2002, Smithfield celebrated its 250th Anniversary with a year long celebration. Several special events were held throughout the year which included:
- Kickoff Celebration Weekend (Feb 23-24)
- A special series of lectures and community forums (Feb-Oct)
- Town Birthday Party Celebration (Sept 26-29)
(which included future Hall of Famer, Cal Ripken, Jr. as the grand marshall of the parade and the creation of the World's Largest Ham Biscuit.)
A 250th Anniversary Core Steering Committee was created to plan, coordinate, and oversee the 250th Anniversary events.
Mission Statement: The purpose of the 250th Anniversary Core Steering Committee is to oversee the celebration of Smithfield’s historical and cultural heritage. We wish to bring to the citizens of Smithfield and Isle of Wight County a review of 250 years of the town through a year long celebration. Through education and entertainment we hope to convey to the present day citizens the achievements and developments of the town. Another goal is to promote the town and its businesses on a regional and national level.