Damper team rising to the challenge of world record
THE WORLD'S Longest Damper is a record that Charleville local Leeanda Dierke wants to see her home town reclaim, and for months, has set her sights on the goal of cooking a 150 metre loaf on July 13.
Having run a second practice attempt on the weekend, Ms Dierke is quietly confident that the team can break the world record - if they just get a few more locals on board.
"Saturday's practice run was the best yet; we are very happy with the 18 metres we made and it turned out absolutely perfect,” Ms Dierke said.
"While there weren't as many helpers as we expected, there were still quite a few people there to make it and eat it.
"We are really confident in the big attempt, and our next run will be a 30 metre damper.”
Strong support from members of the community, damper co-ordinator Steve Hockam, and sponsors like Ms Dierke's business, Chef's Choice Charcoal, has gone a long way. But to make the World's Largest Damper, many more pairs of hands will be required.
"It is important for everybody to come out and get involved, as the next practice run on June 22 will be our last before the big event,” Ms Direke said.
"While I can't really put a number on it, I think the more people who come along, the better it will be.”
Right now, the team are on the lookout for pit masters, who will play an important role in the world record.
"The pit master will be in charge of a group of people who are participating.” Ms Dierke said.
"They will help get the damper into the pit and work with the coals.
"There will need to be about 50 pit masters to help do it all on the day.”
Charleville originally set the world record for Longest Damper in 1994, baking 75m.
That record was broken by a Swedish scout troupe in 2006, which baked a 125m loaf.
The next World's Longest Damper practice run will be on Saturday, June 22, from 9am at the Charleville Fishing Club.
Pit masters, teams, or individuals can sign up to join at Judey's Browse Inn, or call the shop on 4654-1777.