LaughFest organizing world record attempt

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Gilda’s LaughFest soon will attempt to beat the world record for the largest gathering of people wearing mismatched socks.

The 10th annual festival of laughter that benefits the Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids cancer support organization is staging the record attempt the afternoon of March 7.

Festivities will start at 1:30 p.m. at Studio Park, at 123 Ionia Ave. SW in downtown Grand Rapids, with the actual attempt beginning at 3 p.m. and lasting about five minutes.

Participation is free, and those interested should arrive by 2:45 p.m.

Gilda’s LaughFest hopes to gather at least 1,000 people for the attempt.

“While we bring a lot of top-notch comedians to Grand Rapids, LaughFest isn’t just a comedy festival; it’s a festival of laughter that works hard to celebrate laughter in many forms,” said Wendy Wigger, president of Gilda’s LaughFest and Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids.

“When the team was planning that first festival back in 2010, they really wanted a fun and whimsical event that was accessible to the broader community to engage in smiles and laughter together. At the time, not many world record attempts had been made in West Michigan, and we were thrilled when the community helped kick off our first festival with a bang by throwing 925 rubber chickens. This year, we’re excited to celebrate our 10th birthday with another world record attempt.”

Rules for the attempt are as follows:

  • Socks must come from two different pairs and must be significantly different. Any person wearing socks deemed too similar will be disqualified from the attempt.
  • A single pair of socks cannot be individually altered to make them different, i.e., no drawing, sewing or any other additions or subtractions to or from a sock for differentiation will be permitted.
  • Socks need to be physically seen easily — not obscured by clothing — so individuals must wear them outside their clothing or wear shorts, a skirt, etc.

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