Voodoo goes for a world record with their giant box of doughnuts

PORTLAND, Ore. - It's not every day that 28,000 square feet of grass is rolled onto the Hawthorne Bridge for a giant picnic and the famous Voodoo Doughnut guys show up to the party to try to break a world record.

That's exactly what went on Saturday on the bridge, which was transformed from a busy thoroughfare that connects the eastside and westside of town to a quiet, peaceful park setting with a birds-eye view of the Willamette River.

It was all part of Brunch on the Bridge, wherein the Hawthorne Bridge was turned into a park for the afternoon.

Some might argue it was just another day in 'Keep it Weird' Portland and perhaps that's true. Our city does have a reputation to uphold, after all. But like anything we do in this town, it's all in good fun.

So on Saturday while picnickers enjoyed a relaxing lunch, played a little croquet and chased their kids around on fresh grass that was hauled to the Hawthorne Bridge just hours before, our city's famous doughnut chain, Voodoo Doughnut, was busy trying to make it into the Guinness Book of Records.

Their goal? Let's see if we can create the BIGGEST box of doughnuts in the world.

After months and months of planning and pulling an all-nighter just before the big reveal, Voodoo delivered a jumbo-sized pink box filled with 3,880 doughnuts to the Hawthorne Bridge.

The big box of mouth-watering, sugary goodness was definitely the main attraction at Brunch on the Bridge. After all, you really can't walk by an enormous pyramid of doughnuts without stopping to take a look. It's just not possible.

So what was the final, official weight of said box of doughnuts? Oh, just a mere 666 pounds - you know, enough for a light snack.

Now of course Guinness will need to give the official say-so on whether the box of doughnuts makes the record books but Mayor Sam Adams did give his unofficial say-so on Saturday.

"I hereby pronounce this the Biggest Box of Doughnuts in the World," he told the Brunch on the Bridge crowd. And then of course it was doughnuts for everyone.

About Brunch on the Bridge

The Brunch on the Bridge event was part of the week-long PDX Bridge Festival, which ends on Sunday with a closing party at the Crystal Ballroom. Over a dozen bands will be playing at the party.

The PDX Bridge Festival organization is a non-profit group whose mission statement is to "raise awareness and foster appreciation of the Willamette River Bridges through cultural, artistic, historical and educational programming." It was founded in 2009.

(All photos by Shannon L. Cheesman, Producer/Reporter)

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