FARMINGTON -- When the giant mozzarella ball was hoisted onto the scale for its final weighing, it wasn't the most aesthetically pleasing cheese Harmons' cheesemonger DJ Ross had ever made.
Nevertheless, the massive ball may be enough to get Harmons into the Guinness Book of World Records, Ross said.
Harmons workers and many cheese-loving members of the community converged at the Harmons at 200 N. Station Parkway on Saturday morning to participate in the attempt to set the record, and they were rewarded with a cheese ball that officially weighed in at about 185 pounds.
"It won't win any beauty contests," Ross said. "It looked more like a pancake when we weighed it. But that's OK."
Ross didn't know if Guinness had a previous record for largest mozzarella ball. Guinness' website doesn't show that category, so pending the results of Harmons' submission, those in attendance Saturday may have been witness to cheesy history.
"I have no idea if (Guinness) will accept the record," Ross said. "If they do, that would be really cool. Even if they don't, that would be OK, too. It would motivate us to do better next time."
Harmons hasn't decided what to do with the cheese ball yet, Ross said. It doesn't have the same quality of mozzarella on the sales floor, so the grocer is considering its options of the cheese ball's final fate.
Even if the mozzarella ball doesn't end up being used and it fails to make it in the record books, the event was a success. Ross said it allowed members of the community to learn about cheese and Harmons to show off its large selection of cheeses from around the world.
"It was a lot of fun," Ross said.
"We had a lot of help from other Harmons stores, and a lot of people were there clicking cameras when we were weighing it."