Last updated on July 3rd, 2019 at 07:17 pm
When Jennifer Connor learned that Guido, the famed Klement’s racing Italian sausage costume, was missing she thought she might have just the trick to lure the spicy sausage back.
Her mustard seed.
Connor, president and owner of Pleasant Prairie-based Mustard Girl All American Mustard, offered a year’s supply of her company’s mustard to anyone who would return the costume to rightful owner Milwaukee-based Klement’s so that it would be ready to take its place in the sausage race at the start of the upcoming Brewers season.
“It was so sad because as Wisconsin fans, we love our sausage racers,” Connor said. “They’re like part of our family and to hear one of them is gone – it’s like the missing link – and we need to find the missing link to make us a whole family again.”
GLK Foods, based in Appleton, offered an additional reward of a year’s supply of sauerkraut for the return of Guido, according to a report by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
To the relief of the ‘Mustard Girl,’ Guido was found safe and sound Wednesday evening after disappearing nearly two weeks ago. The 7-foot, $3,000 Italian sausage costume had been part of Cedarburg’s winter parade on Feb. 16 and was supposed to make a second appearance at a fundraiser at the Milwaukee Curling Club later that day, according to the Journal Sentinel. However, a witness saw the sausage slip out of the Curling Club, and later that night the sausage was seen barhopping throughout Cedarburg.
Two unidentified men dropped the costume off Wednesday shortly before 8 p.m. at TJ Ryan’s Bar in Cedarburg, the Journal Sentinel reported.
“I was so, so ecstatic,” Connor said. “I was hoping that my plea would bring some good sausage samaritans to the table (to) drop of good old Guido.”
Connor will contact the Cedarburg Police Department and Klement’s so that she can reward the returners as promised.
If the men who turned the costume in prefer to remain anonymous, she said, she would be willing to drop the mustard off at a secret location.
“I want to reward those who do good things,” Connor said.
A year’s worth of her mustard, valued at about $1,000, equals a case of mustard a month. Each case includes 12 bottles of mustard with flavors like spicy honey, stone ground mustard, American Dijon, zesty horseradish, and sweet ‘n fancy yellow mustard.
But to Connor, both the mustard and the costume are priceless.
“It is our civic duty to always look out for our sausage guys,” she said.