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Grand Rapids Breaks 'Wizard of Oz' Record

Posted at: 06/14/2014 1:14 PM
Updated at: 12/10/2014 5:17 PM
By: Julie Kruse
jkruse@wdio.com



The Wizard of Oz Festival was in full swing on Friday and people from all over the nation gathered in Grand Rapids, Minn., and beat a Guinness World Record for most fully-costumed Wizard of Oz characters in one place.

They had 1,150 people dressed as Dorothy, the Tinman, the Cowardly Lion among other characters. The previous record was set in England in Nov. 2010 with 446 people.

The little girl who came up with the idea said this wasn't her original plan.

"It was originally going to be most people dressed up as Dorothy, but then the original record was most people dressed up as Wizard of Oz characters so we decided to do that, and we broke a record," said Reece Veatch. "I am just very thankful that everyone decided to come."

The coordinator of the event, John Kelsch, said this new record's location is quite fitting as it is set where Judy Garland was born. Nearly tripling the record, he says he thinks they'll hold the record for many years.

Update: A group of 57 people left before the even was made official by a five-minute period of standing in place for the aerial photographs to be taken. The official count that is being verified by Guinness is 1,093.