By Terry Rogers
On Friday, May 3, 2013, Lake Forest students attempted to set world records for the most eggs dyed, the largest egg toss and the longest limbo line. A student, Jessica Sullivan, who co-chaired the event, came up with the idea to set the world records. Jessica also co-chaired an event last year to collect the most canned foods in a 24-hour period.
“There were approximately 1,450 students and staff at the event,” said Karen Williams, the staff member in charge of the record breaking attempts. “We will be submitting paperwork and video for these events in the next week.” Ms. Williams explained she and the students were discussing records and going through some of the interesting ones they found when they decided to challenge the world record.
“We thought that with the number of people we had, [egg dying] would be an easy one to break,” Ms. Williams said. “In addition, since we were doing eggs, two of the records were connected. The limbo line was simply a way to get people to exit the stadium in a fun way.”
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, a record of 317 eggs dyed was set on April 23, 2011 at Carowinds in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Guinness World Record for the most people tossing eggs was set at the Skagway Convention and Visitors Bureau in Skagway, Alaska on July 4, 2008 with 1,162 people tossing eggs. With 1,450 participants at the Lake Forest event, they may have broken the egg dying and egg toss records on Friday.
There is no Guinness world record for longest limbo line, but the organization does show that record for the largest limbo dance which was set in Singapore on October 1, 2011 and involved 1,208 children from Global EduHub Pte Ltd. The steps to register a world record with the Guinness organization include submitting an application, and processing takes between four and six weeks. If the organization determines that the Lake Forest students and staff achieved the world record for any of the events, they will receive an official Guinness World Records certificate.