Gatlinburg, Tennessee Sets Its Sights on Beating the Strangest Record This Fall
Will the Smoky Mountain city beat the Guinness World Record?
First, Gatlinburg smashes the record for longest pedestrian-only suspension bridge in America. Now, the city is looking to accomplish another unique feat. This fall, Gatlinburg will attempt to win the Guinness World Records for the largest scarecrow display.
As noted in a recent piece from Knoxville's WBIR-TV, the number to beat is 3,812 scarecrows on display, achieved by Burton-upon-Trent in England. Local business owners are being urged to consider purchasing scarecrows for the world record breaking attempt, according to WBIR. Watch some footage of the scarecrow fun during Dollywood's Harvest Festival on WBIR here.
So how else will Gatlinburg step up to the plate to accomplish this feat this fall? “We’re thinking of having a scarecrow drive, maybe raising money for our chamber foundation to buy scarecrows or ask people to make scarecrows and donate them,” Jim Downs, director of events at the Gatlinburg Convention and Visitors Bureau told the Knoxville News Sentinel in January 2019. “We could raise money for local charities by having people pay to participate in making a scarecrow.”
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