It's a record! Summerville makes sweet tea history

Source: WCSC
Source: WCSC
Source: WCSC
Source: WCSC

SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - Tons of tea lovers descended on the town of Summerville to celebrate National Tea Day and witness a successful attempt to break a world record.

Participants brewed 1,425 gallons of the drink, setting a record for the world's largest glass, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

"That is the biggest thing I've ever seen," said Kevin Thompkins.

Wednesday's effort beat the previous record set by Chick-fil-A with 1,140 gallons in 2010. 

"We're tea fanatics here," Summerville Mayor Bill Collins said.

The day began at 7 a.m. with the brewing of 116 pounds of tea leaves from the Charleston Tea Plantation.

By mid-afternoon, the ingredients that make the drink so sip-worthy, the concentrate and 2,100 pounds of sugar from Dixie Crystals were added in a 10-foot container nicknamed "Mason" from Scout Boats.

No glass of sweet tea would be complete without ice, and they had 3,000 pounds of that on hand, too.

"Oh, I love sweet tea, it's always been my favorite drink," said Karen Hensley.

At the official record ceremony at 3 p.m. with the Guinness Book of World Records, Summerville was declared as a new record-setter.

A block party and celebration was held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

"We just think it's a wonderful community event that says a lot about the spirit of Summerville," said Mayor Collins.

At the party you can purchase your souvenir Mason Jar for $5 and treat yourself to as much tea as you like while you enjoy live music, dancing in the street, sweet local treats and much more.

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