Devin Graham, a cinematographer, has recently filmed the worldâsÂ largest ever snowball fight. Graham, along with the Boys and Girls Club, put on the event in Seattle, Wash., near the Space Needle.
The main of the event was to raise money and to beat the numbers set in the “Guinness Book of World Records,” and they succeeded with 5,834 people pelting each another with snow.
As the city doesnât get a lot of snow, 162,000 pounds had been brought in on 34 fully loaded dump trucks for the occasion.
Besides, 130 judges arrived at the place in order to make sure no one was aiming to hit another person in the head.
To beat the previous record, the participants had to be throwing snowballs consistently for a minute-and-a-half.
The event was also attended by a Guinness adjudicator who verified a count of 5,834 and later signed out a certificate.
As The Huffington Post reports, it took more than three months of organizing the event to make sure an afternoon of fun met Guinness criteria for record-setting.
More than 6,000 participants were provided with bar-coded wristbands that were scanned as they entered and left the location, so at any time they had an instant count.
The snowball fight seemed to be quite a painful affair at times, as many of the snowballs transforming into ice.Â Several participants even cried out in pain after getting hit.
However, after trucking in snow and other costs, the event organizers managed to raise about $50,000 for the Boys and Girls Clubs.
âWe had a lot of fun, set a Guinness record, raised some money for kids, and everyone had a chance to act like a kid for a day,â said one of the showâs creators.
A spokeswoman for the Guinness World Records office in New York confirmed that Seattle did manage to beat the previous record of about 5,400 at a 2010 snowball fight in South Korea.
According to the Guinness World Recordsâs website, the Korean snowball fight was achieved by 5,387 participants.
T1he event was organised by Jong-Gi Park, the Mayor of Taebaek City, at the 17th Mt. Taebaek Snow Festival Main Event Hall, Mt. Taebaek, Gangwon-do, Republic of Korea, on 22 January 2010.
âThe population of Taebaek City is around 50,000, making the total attendance of this event roughly 10% of the cityâs population!â shares the website.
The Korean record beat the previous one which was set on December 9, 2009 at theÂ University of Wisconsin-Madison.
At the time, an estimated crowd of over 4,000 studentsÂ participated in a mass snowball fight on Bascom Hill.
Unfortunately, there were several reports of injuries, mainly broken noses, and a few incidences of vandalism, mainly stolen lunch trays from Memorial Union.
As Wikipedia reveals, the Wisconsin fight was scheduled weeks in advance, and was helped by the fact that the University canceled all classes due to 12-16Â inches of snow that fell the night before.Â However, this snowball fight failed to break the record set in October of the same year in Leuven.
A Guinness spokesperson Jamie Panas in the New York office reported that the agency was still updating its website Monday.