We did it! We got sketchy. We set a World Record for “Largest Mass of People Ever Etch-A-Sketching the Same Subject”. It’ll be a few weeks before we get the official word back from Guinness World Record folks. Our target number was for 250, and we hit 372! Our sketchers ranged in age from 2 to 94 and they all enthusiastically sketched their favorite Lyons icon - Steamboat Mountain from Sandstone Park!
I got a call from one mom registering, who said “My little boy (8), was reading the Guinness book last week and asked me, Mom, how do I get in the book? I’d really like to set a record.” Well Saturday, with the efforts of a lot of people, that little boy’s dream came true. That and hundreds of other stories and thousands of smiles made the work all worthwhile.
We would like to thank the community of Lyons for allowing us to host Sketch-A-Palooza, and for making it an overwhelming success. Thanks to everyone who came out. Thanks to the folks that sponsored our efforts, to the Town for allowing our shenanigans in the park. Thanks to Justin for his chalk-art. Thanks to the firefighters for their pancake breakfast who fed many of our folk and to the library folk who set them up with economical books. Thanks to KidSpace, (one kid was seen with his face painted as an Etch-A-Sketch!) To the Chamber of Commerce and the town merchants for their sidewalk sale, to the schools, to the historical society and the town staff. To the sound guy, the video and photo folk. Thanks to the media people and everyone that helped with promotions. Rob with the bucket truck got things really high. A special thanks goes out to our volunteers including wives, friends, neighbors and especially the Spring Gulch Men’s Book Club.
Once we get done with our accounting, we’ll be making donations to the local schools. Not big, but something, with the direction that it must go to something “fun!” We also have a number of Etch-A-Sketches that were donated back, and they’ll be going to Miss Nancy’s Child Care, Lyons Elementary, Lyons Montessori, The Good Samaritan Foundation for Haiti, a little village in Jamaica, and Children’s Hospital.
It was really telling when Lee Hall came up to me after everyone had left, and showed me a little baggie, with maybe three really small pieces of trash in it. That was all the trash we could find. This tells me how great the folks are in this town and how respectful they are of this beautiful place.
We don’t know what’s happening next year, but... if I were you, I’d put Good Old Days - June 22-24, 2012 on your calendar. It’ll be something not to be missed!
Your local Sketch-A-Paloonatics, Clark Hodge and Jeff Gagliardi