LANTZ – The tides aren’t the only thing breaking world records in East Hants.
Earlier this week, Guinness World Records officially recognized the 2017 Tide Fest washer toss tournament as the world’s largest.
A total of 608 people, in teams of two, took their places in the indoor fieldhouse at the East Hants Sportsplex in July 2017 to compete for a $2,000 cash prize and the world record distinction. To qualify for the record, all players had to begin play at once.
“We’re thrilled to finally know our attempt has been verified by the Guinness Book of World Records,” said Eric White, past-president of the Hants North Baseball Association, which helped facilitate the tournament in conjunction with the Come Home East Hants Association. “Washer toss is a popular game in our area, so attempting to break the world record was a fun way to bring the community together.”
The previous record for the largest washer toss tournament was set in 2014 in Wise County, Texas, with 486 participants.
The Come Home East Hants Association’s application to Guinness required schedules, statements from witnesses, videos and a photo of each of the 304 teams.
“They say it takes a village,” said Kody Blois, president of the Come Home East Hants Association. “We’re fortunate to live in an amazing community that rallied around the concept, and it truly brought our community together for a common goal.”
Several members of the community offered legal and other services to help ensure the application package submitted to Guinness met their standards.
“Special thanks to the Hants North Baseball Association, to Cory Jean and Darren Brant for helping with logistics, and to Patrick O’Neil of Burchell MacDougall who volunteered his time on the application,” said Blois.
“We couldn’t have broken the world record without the support from the community, so we hope they feel a sense of pride and accomplishment from this, too.”
Tide Fest, East Hants’ homecoming weekend will return to the East Hants Sportsplex for its third year July 12-14, 2019. To learn more about Tide Fest, visit tidefest.ca.
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President, Come Home East Hants Association