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Missouri bill would mark official day for sliced bread

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KCTV5/AP) - Missouri lawmakers are considering whether to mark an official day to celebrate sliced bread.

A bill pending in the state House would designate July 7 as Missouri Sliced Bread Day. Supporters say the bill is needed to promote tourism in the northern Missouri city of Chillicothe, where the first commercially sliced bread was sold on July 7, 1928.

Ed Douglas heads Chillicothe's Sliced Bread Committee. 

He's king of the crust in the small town chosen 90 years ago to test out Rohwedder's brand new bread-slicing machine. 

"No one would even consider that it could come pre-sliced," he said. "There was a lot of worry about that. What would it do to the freshness of the bread?"

The town is embracing its contribution to the culinary world, using it to attract visitors to Chillicothe. They’re asking lawmakers to designate a statewide “sliced bread day” to help promote tourism.

"This is part of our history," said Ronni Clark. 

Clark's family owns the Sliced Bread Market in the city, which they designed in part to celebrate the town's history.

The city of roughly 9,500 people touts its carb-filled history and holds a Sliced Bread Jam Bluegrass Festival every year as part of celebrations.

The bill is up for a final vote in the House, which could come in the next week. If approved by House members, the measure still would need to pass the Senate.

Whether the bill passes or it's toast, Chillicothe will always take pride in its bread - no matter how you slice it. 

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