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Jay Zocher of Ann Arbor reaches for a beer while attempting to eat a 20-foot bratwurst in a fundraiser for the FLY Children's Art Center at Wurst Bar in Ypsilanti, Mich. (AP Photo/The Ann Arbor News, Brianne Bowen)

Event challenges eaters with 20-foot bratwursts

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Cre Fuller of Ypsilanti, Mich. reaches for sriracha to add to his 20-foot bratwurst while competing in a fundraiser for the FLY Children's Art Center at Wurst Bar in Ypsilanti, Thursday, March 20, 2014. (AP Photo/The Ann Arbor News, Brianne Bowen) LOCAL TV OUT; LOCAL INTERNET OUT.
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Justin O'Neill takes a drink while attempting to eat a 20 foot bratwurst in an eating competition fundraiser for the FLY Children's Art Center at Wurst Bar in Ypsilanti, Mich. Thursday, March 20, 2014. (AP Photo/The Ann Arbor News, Brianne Bowen)

– A fundraising event for children's art in Michigan has pitted participants with big appetites against 20-foot-long bratwursts that weigh close to 6 pounds.

Twelve competitors and hundreds of onlookers turned out Thursday night for the Wurst Challenge, raising about $7,000 for the FLY Children's Art Center.

Jesse Kranyak is a co-owner of The Wurst Bar and says he was excited to host the event at his restaurant.

He says the restaurant contributed the bratwursts, two of them vegetarian and the others pork and beef mixes. New Holland Brewing Co. donated a keg. Blogger Mark Maynard helped organize.

The proceeds benefit FLY's Creativity Lab in Ypsilanti (ihp-sih-LAN'-tee), a city of 19,000 that's home to Eastern Michigan University.

Among the brat-biting competitors were Mayor Paul Schreiber and university President Susan Martin.

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