The first quarter of 2013 begins with a bang, at least for the Washington DC area. The 12th of January became momentous as residents near the Seattle Center flocked and gathered together to be part of a record-breaking event which is now considered by the Guinness Book of World Record’s as the world’s largest snowball fight. The event ousted South Korea for the record which held the spot for 2 years when it had some 5400 Koreans throwing snowballs at each other in 2010.
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The event was attended by an estimated 6000 crowd – some of whom came well-prepared for the chilling battle with their helmets and armors on. Others were reported to suffer some bruises, but that was all part of the fun and excitement.
For the event, 160000 tons of snow was trucked in on the location. This assured that there was enough snow for everyone to pick up, mound, and throw to each other.
It took some three months for the organizers to plan and prepare the event. This includes the provision of bar-coded wristbands that the participants wore during the event. This served the purpose of counting the participants as they enter the location. Thus, at any time they decided to leave the venue – they were already counted.
However, for the official Guinness recording – there were some 130 judges who watched the event. This assured that anyone not throwing snowballs during the fight were deducted from the total count. It paved way for real-time information and fair play. There were 5, 834 individuals counted for the official event.
Not only was the event fun-filled. It was also cause-oriented. The funds raised for the event were for the benefits of the Boys and Girls Scouts clubs.
Santa and Frosty had surely enjoyed the event as an extension of the Christmas season!