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Sunday, November 19, 2006

Take that Cuba

Ybor City Florida re-claims the biggest cigar record.

TAMPA - Historic Ybor City, once known as the cigar capital of the world, wrested the record for the world's longest cigar away from Cuba late Saturday afternoon.

The 101-foot cigar was finished in front of hundreds of people at the Cigar Heritage Festival in Ybor City's Centennial Park. They watched as Wallace and Margarita Reyes, co-owners of Gonzalez Habano Cigar Co., went for the final assembly.

"Put your hand on the cigar," Vienna LoCicero, co-founder of Cigar City Magazine, told cigarmakers there.

"You are touching history."

The cigar rolled Saturday bested the world record of 66 feet set last year in Havana by Jose Castelar.

The 85th anniversary of the fourth-generation cigar company served as the impetus to break the record.

"I wanted to do something special," Wallace Reyes said. "I wanted to do something big."

The stogie - rolled over several weeks - weighed 53 pounds and 8 ounces. The cigar cost $5,100, including labor and material, Reyes said. Local cigarmakers spent 75 hours making it.

The accomplishment will be recognized by Guinness World Records, according to Arturo Fuentes Jr., president of Tampa Sweethearts Cigar Co.

If no one beats that record before July, the feat should be recorded in the 2008 edition of Guinness World Records.
You have to wonder what other things can be measured for Guiness World Records. On second thought I won't touch that with a......

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