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Gatlinburg officials are going for a world record in Gatlinburg! This fall, the city will try to bring home the Guinness World Record for the largest scarecrow display. The current record is held by English city, Burton-upon-Trent, with 3,812 scarecrows on display. We’ve got all the details on the world record and Gatlinburg’s plans to break it.
New World Record in Gatlinburg
Gatlinburg officials had two ideas: to set a new record for most scarecrows in one town, or to break the record for most scarecrows in one display. They decided to break the record for most scarecrows in one display. The current record set in Burton-upon-Trent has 3,812 scarecrows that are lined up shoulder to shoulder. Visitors had brought in the scarecrows and made them onsite. Local businesses in Gatlinburg have been encouraged to purchase scarecrows for the fall, and officials are drawing up other ideas to collect them. The city is thinking of holding a scarecrow drive, or even raising money for local charities by having people pay to participate in making a scarecrow.
Other World Records in Gatlinburg
The largest scarecrow display isn’t the only world record that’s been attempted in Gatlinburg. Some have even had success in breaking world records! Here are some of the world records that have been set in Gatlinburg or by Gatlinburg natives:
Highest Vertical Height Walked on Stilts: Mount LeConte is 6,593 feet tall and the third highest peak in the Smoky Mountains. Ashrita Furman made his way to Mount LeConte’s summit while wearing stilts! He took the Trillium Gap Trail all the way to the top using peg stilts that were over 3 feet tall.
Most Cherry Stems Knotted in One Minute: Al Gliniecki visited the Guinness World Records Museum in Gatlinburg and successfully knotted 14 cherry stems in one minute! He’s been given the nickname of “TongueTyed Al.”
Heaviest Watermelon: Gatlinburg native and current Sevierville resident, Chris Kent, set the Guinness World Record for the heaviest watermelon on Earth, weighing in at 350.5 pounds. The record was set at the Operation Pumpkin Festival in Hamilton, Ohio.
Fastest Time to Clear a Level of Ms. Pacman: Philip Bankston of Ponchatoula, Louisiana visited the Guinness World Records Museum and used his speed gaming skills to set a new record. He became the first person to clear one level of Ms. Pacman in 34.56 seconds.
To learn more about the world records in Gatlinburg, read our blog, “5 Guinness World Records That Were Set in Gatlinburg, TN.”
Guinness World Records Museum in Gatlinburg
If you’re interested in finding out more about world records and even setting one of your own, there is no better place to visit than the Guinness World Records Museum in Gatlinburg! At this Gatlinburg attraction, you can see the Guinness Book of World Records come to life. There are unbelievable exhibits, authentic memorabilia, displays, games, trivia, and more. If you want to test your skills at breaking a record, visit the Largest Interactive Challenge Gallery! The gallery features more than 20 interactive games and challenges including Block Breaker, Quick Draw, and Frisbee Toss.
Visit the Guinness World Records Museum and try to set your own world record in Gatlinburg! Get your tickets to Ripley’s Guinness World Records Museum from Visit My Smokies, and save money on admission!