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Oregon B&B owners make 'world's biggest scone' at Giseppi's Pizzeria

It took 20 cups of flour, almost two pounds of butter and a half gallon of heavy cream. Then, after about 20 minutes in a pizza oven, the world's largest scone was born right here in Ashland, according to Deedie Runkel, the innkeeper at Anne Hathaway's BB.

"We've been in touch with Guinness," she said, as the super-sized scone baked in the oven at Giseppi's Pizzeria. "They said there is no record for a scone yet."The scone, which was considerably bigger than a large pizza, was 26 1/2-inches by 18 1/4-inches, according to Runkel. It weighed more than 21 pounds, she said.

It was created for the 15th anniversary of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild, who held their birthday celebration at Pioneer Hall on Tuesday.

"BB's are sort of known for scones," Runkel said. "Scones are kind of like a trademark of Bed and Breakfasts. I think you'd find that most of us serve scones every morning."

Bed and Breakfast owners from all over Oregon came to Ashland for the ceremonial scone and associated anniversary, Runkel said. "One woman drove 13 hours from Joseph," she said.

Wes Westlund, who owns the River's Edge BB in Portland, said the group gets together annually, and this year they decided to celebrate 15 years with a giant scone.

"We get together once a year," he said. "We talk quite a bit about business, finances, advertising, how to best utilize a Web site."

Runkel said advertising is another big topic when the owners congregate. "Marketing is the beginning and end of our business," she said, adding that the BB owners also swap stories about their best and worst guests of the year.

Runkel and Westlund said there are some 50 Bed and Breakfasts in Ashland alone, making this an ideal location for the 2006 annual meeting.

Mayor John Morrison sliced the ceremonial scone for the BB guild and Oregon Rep. Peter Buckley, D-Ashland, joined the festivities.

Partygoers consumed about half the scone Runkel said, with the remainder donated to the Jefferson Public Radio fundraising drive.

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