(Published March 27, 2007, 3:21 p.m.)
For the second consecutive year, Lake Geneva, WI officials are hoping to break another Guinness Book World Record by holding the world's largest "twist" dance on Saturday, April 7.
Last year's attempt set a Guinness World Record for the World's Largest Bunny Hop when 1,879 "hoppers" gathered on the shores of Geneva Lake to mark their place in history. In addition to setting a new world record, the event raised nearly $2,000 for Children's Oncology Services' One Step at a Time Programs, which provides services to children with cancer and leukemia.
"We're looking forward to setting our second world record and raising funds for another worthy program," said Kathy Fraser, event organizer and owner of Rag Thyme. "Breaking the world record for the largest bunny hop, after falling just a few hundred people short the previous year, was a thrill for everyone involved.
This year's world record feat will take place at noon on Saturday, April 7 in Lake Geneva's Library Park. Registration will take place from 10 a.m. - noon on Main Street and at Library Park. The first 1000 people registering will receive a faux "45" entitling the recipient to a gift from a local business. The world record attempt will also raise funds for Camp Wonderland, a weeklong camp in Kenosha, WI for children diagnosed with muscular dystrophy.
Guinness World Records, the official global authority on records and achievements, certifies that the World's Largest "Twist" Dance took place on April 30, 2004 when 1691 high school students and staff danced to Chubby Checker's "The Twist" in Yorkshire, England.
The Lake Geneva area is located less than 90 minutes from Chicago's O'Hare International Airport and 45 minutes from General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee. For a complimentary guide of area activities and accommodations, contact the Lake Geneva Area Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800/345-1020 or visit its web site at www.lakegenevawi.com.
For additional event information or to serve as a volunteer, contact Kathy Fraser at (262) 248-4448.