January 15, 2013 in City

Seattle snowball fight breaks world record

Associated Press

SEATTLE – Seattle residents won a place in the Guinness World Records for the largest snowball fight when about 5,800 people turned out at the Seattle Center to toss snowballs at one another.

More than 30 truckloads of snow were brought in from the Cascades for Saturday’s event, which included a snow fort building competition and pub crawl. Snow Day was a fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Clubs of King County.

The event was witnessed by a Guinness adjudicator who verified a count of 5,834 and presented a record certificate, said a spokeswoman for the Guinness World Records office in New York. Seattle beat the previous record of about 5,400 at a 2010 snowball fight in South Korea.

About 6,000 tickets were sold online.

Then for the official minute-and-a-half snowball fight there were 130 judges watching for pacifists. Anyone not throwing snowballs was deducted from the total, organizer Neil Bergquist said.

The event raised about $50,000 for the Boys and Girls Clubs.

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