To get into the Christmas spirit we wanted to spruce up the office a little different this year. We figured what better way to celebrate the holiday than to celebrate Utah too. At that point we knew that we had to tie in fry sauce with the Christmas tree.
Layton, UT (PRWEB) December 19, 2013
Any publicity is good publicity, right? Online exposure is exactly what Utah Sites, a local web design company in Utah, is now receiving after a small company joke went viral online. In an effort to celebrate Christmas the web designers at UtahSites.com completed the erection of the world's largest Christmas tree made of fry sauce. Ironically, what started as a joke is now seemingly bringing the results exposure that the small business would have never imagined.
Many of the general public that are not actually from Utah may find themselves asking, "what is 'fry sauce?'" While there are subtle variations, this delectable condiment generally consists of a simple mix of ketchup and mayonnaise. Most historical rumors of where fry sauce came from gives credit to a popular Utah restaurant chain, Arctic Circle. Perhaps the restaurant's ties to Utah is why fry sauce is so popular and unique to the "Beehive State".
Founder of Utah Sites, Damon Burton, comments. "I love our team, so I always try and have fun at the office. To get into the Christmas spirit we wanted to spruce up the office a little different this year. A Christmas tree was one part of the equation. We just had to figure out the other half." He continues, "We love being headquartered in Layton, Utah, so we figured what better way to celebrate the holiday than to celebrate Utah too. At that point, we knew that we had to tie in fry sauce with the Christmas tree."
Standing gloriously at 7 feet tall, clients and visitors of the office have reportedly began calling the creation the "condiment Christmas tree." The tree is built of a mix of bottles of fry sauce at the base, peaks with smaller containers, and is topped off with a "star" of joined packets of fry sauce from popular local eateries.
The innocent celebration of the holidays has since brought quite an amount of publicity for the small business web designer in Utah. Damon Burton comments. "We built the tree simply for some in-office fun. As a joke. Come to find out, just as much as Utah residents laugh and enjoy their stereotypes, residents outside of the state equally enjoy the quirkiness of Utah stereotypes."
After a small post on their web design blog the Utah-based company has received a flood of media attention. From local media to national outlets, mommy bloggers and more, the reception of this unique approach to celebrating Christmas with Utah seems to have struck a chord with locals and the nation. The company even reports that at one point the flood of calls became so consistent that it overloaded their VOIP phone system.
Fry sauce is quite unique to Utah. Outside of the family oriented state you may find the delicious mix of condiments familiar only in neary by regions, particularly Idaho.
Utah Sites web designer, Kyle Detro, comments, "If you ask for fry sauce anywhere outside of Utah you are usually met with an odd look. So much so that when we travel for business and go out for a burger and fries, I usually just ask for ketchup and mayonnaise instead of asking for fry sauce." He jokingly continues, "Usually, after I mix everything to make my own fry sauce, the server will say something. I tell them it's a Utah thing, explain it all, and it usually ends in a good laugh."
While the "fry sauce tree" was simply a joke within the walls of Utah Sites office, the company thinks the extra exposure is great. They report that the recent exposure has brought a few months worth of business within just a few weeks of time. For media inquiries or pictures of the increasingly infamous fry sauce Christmas tree, visit UtahSites.com or call 801-774-9999.