Guinness World Record says CCCVB, GMS attempt a no-go
In August, Gillette Main Street (GMS) and the Campbell County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau (CCCVB) partnered in an attempt to make Campbell County, and the state of Wyoming, the home of the world sparkler record, but failed.
CCCVB Event Coordinator Christen Burdette said Guinness officials were impressed by the Pyrotechnics’ Guild International’s 50thannual convention kickoff event, but that, ultimately, the community’s attempt was rejected by Guinness World Records on a technicality.
Although the effort had checked all the boxes for basic guidelines listed on Guinness’ website, it failed to meet more specific guidelines not received by GMS or CCCVB prior to their record-breaking attempt, which state that each participant is required to light his or her own hand-held sparkler.
Instead, a special apparatus for lighting multiple sparklers at once that was custom built by Gillette College students and instructors was used, the release stated. Volunteers also lit sparklers with plumbing torches and handed them out to participants disqualifying the event’s eligibility.
In total, more than 1,700 people attended the attempt event and 2,500 sparkers were lit. (Go, us!)
The world record for the Most Sparklers Lit Simultaneously is 1,713, currently held by the Takarazuka 230,000 fireworks display committee, who achieved the record in Takarazuka, Hyogo, Japan in August 2018.
Their event was backed by FM Takarazuka, a Japanese radio station, “for the purpose to unite local people in Takarazuka as well as to provide an event everyone can be proud of,” according to the Guinness World Records website.
“We were rained on 3 times that night, yet everyone stayed to help break the record,” said GMS and CCCVB Executive Director Jessica Seders, in a press release.
“This is very disappointing but at the same time it just means we can try again,” Burdette said, adding, “Now that we know exactly what we have to do, I have no doubt that next time we will break the record!”
According to Burdette, plans are already in the works for a second attempt to be hosted downtown this summer that will feature a streamlined, Guinness World Records-approved lighting process, and the community can expect the event to grow to include more family-friendly activities between registration and the official sparkler lighting.
“Campbell County residents never back down from a challenge,” she said, in the release. “I know our next attempt will be a success for all of Gillette.”