Longaberger Holds Historic Flag Day Weekend Event; World's Largest American Flag Unfurled: Video Link Included; Country Music Star Darryl Worley Performs

Jun 14, 2013, 16:44 ET from The Longaberger Company

NEWARK, Ohio, June 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The world's largest American flag was unfurled in Ohio today as part of a unique and colorful all-American celebration.

Honoring America, Flag Day and The Longaberger Company's 40th anniversary, the unfurling of world's largest American flag was the highlight of the Great American Picnic Celebration held at Longaberger Homestead near Frazeysburg OH.

The massive flag, which requires 500 people to handle and extends nearly two football fields in length, was unfurled before a crowd of thousands as county music recording artist Darryl Worley sang the national anthem.  The Longaberger event marks the first time this gigantic flag has ever been seen in Ohio. 

Click this link for video b-roll and/or still photographs of the flag unfurling:

Worley then performed a free concert, featuring hits from his six albums, including several number one singles.

"Today we have something truly wonderful to celebrate – 40 years of hand-crafted baskets and American opportunity and our renewed commitment to Made in America," said CEO Tami Longaberger.  "Today is about family, and America's heritage and our love of American craftsmanship and our shared passion to make America great.  We felt that the perfect way to celebrate was with a one-of-a-kind picnic, with the biggest American flag in the world as our centerpiece."

A special commemorative red, white and blue basket was created for the celebration with proceeds benefiting Fisher House, a national charity benefiting American military service members and their families.  Other highlights if the event included games, prizes, shopping specials, a wide array of dining options, displays and demonstrations. 

The Great American Picnic Celebration continues through Saturday and is open to the public.   Everyone is invited to attend this free event, witness this once in a lifetime flag unfurling and enjoy the concert.

Founded in 1973, The Longaberger Company (www.longaberger.com) is America's premier maker of handcrafted baskets and offers a variety of other home and lifestyle products, including pottery and other tableware, wrought iron, fabric accessories, handbags and specialty foods. There are approximately 30,000 independent Home Consultants located in all U.S. states and in Canada who sell Longaberger products directly to customers. 

SOURCE The Longaberger Company