MARINE CITY, Mich. — A group of Marine City residents believe they’ve broken the world record for longest string of popcorn during an event aimed to inspire residents to vote.
The more-than-365 meter string created Saturday and Sunday stretched across the width of the St. Clair River, took off from Marine City and was taken across the body of water by a boat to St. Clair Township, Ontario, the Times Herald (http://bwne.ws/2diktQ2 ) reported.
The group that strung the popcorn consisted of 160 volunteers who worked from 4 p.m. to midnight Saturday. They resumed their efforts at 9 a.m. Sunday and continued until finishing within the time frame. The attempt to break the record had to be completed within 24 hours.
Guinness World Records hasn’t certified the achievement yet. The current world record is 320 meters.
The volunteers encountered some challenges along the way, such as a possible storm and humidity, which caused the popcorn to shrink.
On Saturday, the group also attempted to set the record for most pumpkins carved simultaneously, but fell short of the goal by more than 300 pumpkins.
Mariner Theater owner Gary Kohs sponsored the event called Pumpkins, Popcorn and Politics. Its goal was to encourage the highest voter turnout for a community in Michigan.
“This is small-town America at its finest,” Kohs said.
Information from: Times Herald, http://www.thetimesherald.com