If you’d like to be part of an official Guinness World Record, then mark your calendar! On Saturday, June 25, during this year’s Good Old Days celebration, a large group of Lyons residents will be attempting to set the Guinness World Record for the most people drawing an Etch-A-Sketch simultaneously.
The event, being dubbed “Sketch-A-Palooza,” is the brainchild of local residents Clark Hodge and Jeff Gagliardi. With over 35 years experience in Etch-A-Sketch art, Gagliardi is one of a small group of “world-famous” Etch-A-Sketch artists. His work has hung in museums including The Denver Art Museum. His masterpieces have been profiled on many TV news shows including Good Morning America, and his work has been featured in People Magazine, Omni, The USA Today, and Ripley’s Believe-It-Or-Not. Gagliardi uses the toy to recreate famous works of art (think Starry Night, American Gothic, or the Mona Lisa) as well as everyday objects (playing cards, dollar bills), and spends anywhere from five to twenty hours on each sketch. You can view some examples of his work by going to, www.JeffSketch.com.
In describing Sketch-A-Palooza, Hodge, the other self-proclaimed Sketch-A-Paloo-natic says, “We’re following in the steps of those great individuals who have been to the moon, or summited Mount Everest; this is just something we needed to do.” He adds with a wink and a smile, “Well, it’s really mostly for the fun of it.” However, the ambitious pair wants to support local schools, so they’ll be giving extra proceeds and donations to the schools of the Lyons area. Also, any excess and donated Etch-A-Sketches will be given to various schools and charities that have requested them: Lyons Elementary School, Lyons Montessori, Lyons Boy Scouts, Good Samaritan Foundation of Haiti, and Children’s Hospital.”
To qualify for the Guinness World Record, all participants must all draw the same subject on a full-size Etch-A-Sketch. No “pocket” or “miniature” style models will be accepted. The attempt will be held on Saturday June 25, at 10 a.m. (check-in from 9 to 10) in Sandstone Park. All participants must register prior to the event by going to SketchAPalooza.com, or call (720) 423-ETCH. Anyone who has an old Etch-A-Sketch in their garage, toy room, basement, or attic, and would like to donate it to the cause, please contact Clark at the above phone number.