by Clark Hodge
It’s official! June 25, 2011 will go down in history for Lyons! Representatives from Guinness World Records have sent word that they have officially accepted the numbers from the Sketch-A-Palooza event, and
now consider Lyons as the official world record holder for “The Most People Etch-A-Sketching at the Same Time”!
The Sketch-A-Palooza event was organized by area residents Jeff Gagliardi and Clark Hodge. Gagliardi, the groups’ liaison to Guinness World Records, said, “The Guinness World Records people are extremely strict, and work hard to ensure the integrity of the records granted. We worked equally hard on the event and are pleased at the official recognition granted us.” Hodge added, “With this event we were able to help folks do something that had never been done before. And, as a nice side-benefit, we made a lot of smiles!”
The Guinness process involved submitting photographs, video, and sign-in logs as evidence of the event. The event’s two judges (Officer Brett Fell, and Town of Lyons Mayor Julie Van Domelen) both signed the certification of our count and activity, which was then notarized by Debbie Ciseros. Everything was sent to London, England for review and consideration. The event will now be listed on the Guinness website (guinnessworldrecords.com). It’s not known if the record will be included in the next release of the book, until it’s released (not all records make it in). Everyone is crossing their fingers that the event will be included.
If you were one of the 372 sketchers who helped in setting this world record, your certificate of participation can be downloaded from the website, www.sketchapalooza.com.