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Local youth group attempts Guinness Record

Published: Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012 11:30 a.m. CDT

A youth group in Union County plans to make history by setting a Guinness Book of World Record for the world’s shortest Halloween parade Oct. 28, down a one block street in Creston.

Youth Answering the Call to Community (YACC) is organizing the event to take place on Myrtle Street in Creston.

According to YACC navigator and Myrtle Street resident, Karla Hynes, getting into the legendary book is quite a process.

“We’ve submitted the application and we’re waiting to hear whether or not they accept our idea,” said Hynes. “We’ve had so much fun in the planning, it’s sure to be a hit, whether or not it’s a record this time.”

According to Hynes, there is not much information about Halloween parades, and that’s a good thing.

“We get to set the standard. And for centuries, people will look to this assembly as the benchmark for short Halloween parades. It’s awesome,” said Hynes.

Participation is easy; individuals pay a $5 entry fee and groups or organizations will pay $20 with proceeds donated to the library.

“Anyone who wants to be part of this history-setting event needs to report to Lincoln School, Sunday, October 28 at 2 p.m. After you pay your entry fee, you will be put in the parade line-up,” said Hynes.

And because it’s a Halloween parade, costumes are required.

First National Bank and Iowa State Savings Bank have each donated bicycles to be awarded to the boy and girl, age 10 and younger, who raise the most money for this event.

For more information, contact YACC members, Emma Brightwell at 641-202-2246 or Ellie Johnston at 641-202-2298.

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