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Cities place wager on mustache record

Jul 24, 2013
PHOTO SUBMITTED March 7, hundreds gathered near Rose Parks Circle in Downtown Grand Rapids to break the Guinness World Record for the largest number of people wearing fake mustaches. The successful record breaking event kicked off the beginning of LaughFest 2013, the nation’s only communitywide festival of laughter, as 1,532 individuals wearing fake mustaches represented the community. Fairfield will be attempting to break the record at 5:30 p.m. Friday on the Jefferson County Courthouse lawn.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Let the competition for the most-mustached begin.

Grand Rapids’ Gilda’s LaughFest has placed a friendly wager with Fairfield’s Cirque de Fairfield’s attempt to break LaughFest’s Guinness World Record for the most people wearing fake mustaches. Fairfield’s attempt will take place at 5 p.m. Friday on the Jefferson County Courthouse lawn.

LaughFest and Cirque de Fairfield are all in, placing pride as well as themed goodies and swag on the line. Not only will the loser have to send the winner a basket filled with branded loot, but the loser also will consent to being photographed publically in the winner’s wear.

March 7, hundreds gathered near Rose Parks Circle in downtown Grand Rapids, joining LaughFest to break the Guinness World Record for the largest number of people wearing fake mustaches. The successful record breaking event kicked off the beginning of LaughFest 2013, the nation’s only community-wide festival of laughter, as an astounding 1,532 individuals wearing fake mustaches represented the community.

“When we learned about this challenge to our World Record, we knew we had to do something to up the stakes,” said Wendy Wigger, president of Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids and LaughFest. “The community had a great time kicking off LaughFest 2013 with this event and we want to keep the crown in our community. We know at least two others have already tried to break our record and have not been successful. If by some rare chance our record goes down, well, at least we are going down with a smile and a laugh.”

This year, Fairfield is hosting RAGBRAI, the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, as they finish their week long ride. When more than 20,000 bikers and support crew ride into town Friday, they will be greeted by a number of community members wearing fake mustaches. Fairfield is aiming to have 4,000 people donning the false mustaches.

RAGBRAI is an annual seven-day bicycle ride across the state of Iowa. Heading into its 41st year, RAGBRAI is the oldest, largest and longest bicycle touring event in the world. Fairfield’s theme for this year’s ride is Cirque de Fairfield; Hold onto your Handlebars, and once the riders arrive in town, they will be treated to food, fun performances and more.

“LaughFest has set the bar high but our community and the RAGBRAI riders are excited to challenge the record,” said Terry Baker, organizer and committee member, Fairfield RAGBRAI. “Now we’ve got even more reasons to get people up and out, sporting mustaches on July 26. We look forward to celebrating our victory with the community and RAGBRAI bikers at Cirque de Fairfield.”

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