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August 27, 2013

Mike Sakal, Public Information Officer               

Office:  623-882-7053;

                                                                       It’s Official:
          Goodyear sets Guinness World Record for most false moustaches


        If someone moustache you this question: Who holds the Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of people wearing false moustaches?  The answer now can be proclaimed: The City of Goodyear.

Yes, it’s official. Goodyear Ballpark staff received the news from London-based Guinness World Records on August 22 that the city set the record during its Star Spangled 4th event at Goodyear Ballpark on July 4.

And Goodyear now holds the record by more than a few hairs: There were 1,957 participants who helped set the Guinness World Record for "Largest Gathering of People Wearing False Moustaches." The previous record was 1,532 people wearing false moustaches at Gilda's LaughFest in Grand Rapids, Michigan in March, 2013. The record attempt of the largest gathering wearing false moustaches has remained popular throughout the year, but Goodyear covets the official record for now.

“We wanted to do something that involved a large group of people to get the crowd involved,” said Debbie Diveney, Supervisor of Business Operations for Goodyear Ballpark, “Moustaches are becoming very trendy right now, and we thought having people wear them would be a fun thing to do. We felt pretty confident that we could set the record, and we did it. We were hoping to double the number of people who set the previous record, but we did pretty well.”

Participants in Goodyear were given moustaches made of synthetic hair as they entered the Moustache Zone, located in the seating area behind home plate during the 4th of July festivities. In order to officially set the record, participants had to remain in this area during the entire attempt, and keep their moustaches on for a period of five minutes. The crowd was engaged in the zone, participating in the wave and dancing to songs including Macho Man and Y.M.C.A. while members of the crowd could be seen on the scoreboard’s video screen wearing their moustaches.

Video and photographic documentation, along with steward and witness statements were submitted to Guinness World Records Headquarters in London, England to verify the record attempt was done within Guinness’ guidelines. It took approximately three and a half weeks for Guinness to make an official determination of whether or not the attempt was successful.

Participants may purchase a Certificate of Participation from the Guinness World Records store online to commemorate the event and have a piece of proof that they were part of a record-setting event.

Planning for the 2014 Star Spangled 4th has already begun.

“Our moustache record is going to be hard to top,” Diveney said.

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