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Huge poutine, flag highlight Canada Day bash

More than 1,000 people formed a living Canadian flag during Canada Day festivities at the Riverbank Discovery Centre Tuesday.

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More than 1,000 people formed a living Canadian flag during Canada Day festivities at the Riverbank Discovery Centre Tuesday.

The world’s largest poutine stole the show at the Canada Day festivities in Brandon.

Joe Beeverz Bar and Grill staff add cheese curds to their world record-breaking poutine at the Riverbank Discovery Centre on Canada Day.

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Joe Beeverz Bar and Grill staff add cheese curds to their world record-breaking poutine at the Riverbank Discovery Centre on Canada Day. (MEGAN LANE/BRANDON SUN)

The poutine weighed in at more than 1,900 pounds, easily breaking the previous record of 1,102.

Duck race winners

Brandon Tourism has released a list of the "duck race" winners. A total of 2,778 tickets were sold.

Click here for a PDF list of the winners.

The crowd cheered on Joe Beeverz Bar and Grill staff as they poured coolers full of steaming hot fries, five-gallon pails of gravy and bags of cheese curds into the trough.

"It is a great addition to our Canada Day celebrations," said Chad Wallin of Joe Beeverz."You can’t get more Canadian than eating lots of poutine on Canada Day."

The bar and grill is known around Brandon for their poutine creations, and this challenge really fit their team.

It is not every day that people are part of a world record-setting event.

"This is my first time being part of a world record," said one Brandon local.

"It is awesome and tastes delicious."

McCain Food Services and Saputo sponsored the record-breaking poutine and helped Joe Beeverz out with getting enough supplies. A scale had to be custom-made to hold the 18-foot trough, and notary publics had to be on the scene in order to make the record official by Guinness World Records standards.

Hundreds waited patiently to make a donation to the Cerebral Palsy Association of Manitoba and get their plate of poutine.

Most agreed that although the fries were a little soggy, Joe Beeverz held onto its claim to have the best poutine in town.

"Everyone here is thrilled and pleased that it went so smoothly," said Lois MacDonald, manager of the Riverbank Discovery Centre.

Despite weather problems forcing the cancellation of events in Virden, Melita, Reston and Elkhorn, Canada Day celebrations in Brandon had approximately 3,500 people taking part.

"I have been around for 14 years, and this is definitely the most people I have seen out for Canada Day," MacDonald said.

"People were clearly so tired of the rain and they want to be outside enjoying and celebrating."

The day started with more than 1,000 people forming a living Canadian flag for the first time ever in Brandon.

The rest of the day’s activities went on, with the exception of the annual duck race.

Winners were picked by random draw because the river was too high to race the ducks safely.

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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition July 2, 2014

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