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Sandwich, Plano to celebrate National Bologna Day

Wolf Schleining puts mustard on a fried bologna sandwich for a hungry customer during the first Plano-Bologna-Sandwich Day celebration in October 2017. The benefit event returns Wednesday in the vacant lot next to A&B Exteriors at 3775 Drew Ave. in Sandwich.
Wolf Schleining puts mustard on a fried bologna sandwich for a hungry customer during the first Plano-Bologna-Sandwich Day celebration in October 2017. The benefit event returns Wednesday in the vacant lot next to A&B Exteriors at 3775 Drew Ave. in Sandwich.

SANDWICH – For the second year, the cities of Sandwich and Plano will celebrate National Bologna Day.

This year, Sandwich will host the event from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday in the vacant lot next to A&B Exteriors at 3775 Drew Ave. Last year’s event was hosted by Plano Mayor Bob Hausler in Plano.

Sandwich Mayor Rick Olson said the celebration is based on a long-standing joke between the towns of Plano and Sandwich concerning the fictional town of Bologna located between the two, creating “Plano-Bologna-Sandwich.”

Everything is the same as last year, except the location. In exchange for cash or food donations, guests can enjoy a fried bologna sandwich from Wurst Kitchen featuring onions, relish and mustard on a soft hamburger bun – deemed the official bologna sandwich of the town Bologna.

Olson said donations will go to the food pantries that support the Plano and Sandwich communities.

“It’s a great relationship,” Olson said of the two cities. “We do a lot of things together from a municipal standpoint. It’s one of those relationships that is automatic because we are so close.”

Oct. 24 has been celebrated for some time as National Bologna Day. Bologna sausage (sometimes also spelled baloney, boloney or polony) is derived from the Italian mortadella in Bologna, Italy. It is a finely ground pork sausage that contains lard. According to U.S. government regulations, American bologna must not contain visible pieces of lard.

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