Arts & Culture
2:53 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Happy Anniversary to Klement's Famous Racing Sausages!

Lake Effect airs a tribute in honor of the 20th anniversary of the Klement's Famous Racing Sausages.

All five of the Klement's Famous Racing Sausages race around the bases at Miller Park Stadium. Originally there were only three mascots.
Credit David Fulmer/Flickr

As the Brewers and their fans take on the Chicago Cubs this afternoon, they'll also be celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Klement's Famous Racing Sausages.

Originally the sausages - then only Bratwurst, Polish and Italian - were mere animations featured each game day on the then-County Stadium scoreboard, racing around an illustrated Milwaukee.

But then Milwaukee graphic designer Michael Dillon of McDill Design had an idea - make them live mascots. Dillon got the ear of Brewers' VP of Operations Gabe Paul, and a plan for an "Incredible Edible Sausage Race" was hatched.

It's been 20 years since the first-ever live racing sausages appeared at a Brewers' game.
Credit Milwaukee Brewers

On this date in 1993, as the animated sausages made their way to the stadium on screen, suddenly the left field doors opened and a trio of real live racing sausages charged toward home, to the surprise and delight of fans and even players.

Klement's Bratwurst won this first ever live sausage race. Klement's Hot Dog would join the ranks later in the 90s, followed by Chorizo in 2007. To date, Italian has the most wins.

A special ceremony was held before today's game to honor the sausages, and the race will feature the original three.

You can find fun facts about the sausages and footage of the first live race here.

(Audio courtesy of the Milwaukee Brewers)