Bob Leikam announces goal of 10,000 pepperoni pizzas for Oildorado


Forty years ago Leonard Gentieu put Taft on the map when he set when he oversaw the making of the world’s largest sandwich for the 1975 Oildorado celebration.

Now Bob Leikam wants set a world record for the most pizzas sold in one day.

Leikam manages the Taft Domino’s and Monday afternoon he announced plans to bake and sell 10,000 pepperoni pizzas on Oct. 23 at the height of Taft’s Diamond Jubilee Oildorado.

Leikam and his crew will be out to shatter the record of 8,125 pizzas cooked and sold by a Domino’s franchise in Gulfport, Miss.

“I will be happy with 8,126 but our goal is 10,000,” Leikam said.

He made the announcement in the front of his store in the Country Corner Plaza surrounded by enthusiastic employees.

Leikam is pinning his hopes on his crack pizza baking and delivery crew and the huge crowd expected in Taft for the Oildorado Grand parade.

“We have the oven power to do it and I’ve got an exceptional crew,” he said.

He plans on opening early and baking and delivering late. Leikam estimated that the crew can cook 400 pizzas per hour.

The record attempt will come during the Oildorado Grand Parade, which is expected to draw up to 30,000 spectators
To set the record, the Domino’s store will be making only 10-inch pepperoni pizzas.

They’ll be delivering in town and will go out of town to deliver exceptionally large orders.

It’s going to take a lot of dough, cheese and pepperoni, Leikam said.

He estimated it will take 8,000 lbs. of cheese and 600 lbs. of pepperoni.

The dough will come preformed from Domino’s large facility in Ontario.

Why is he doing it?

For Taft on its 100th birthday.

“I wanted to do this for Taft. I moved here 23 years ago. My wife, Tina comes from Taft. We are raising a son and a daughter here. We have a lot to offer here,” he said.

So start planning for one huge pizza party come Oct. 23.

“Let’s do this, Taft,” Leikam said